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Man Who Robbed Tompkins Bank in Downtown Cortland Has Charges Dismissed – DA Blames Lack of Resources at DA’s Office

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The man who robbed Tompkins Community Bank on Main Street in the City of Cortland, has had his charges against him dropped. The news comes after New York Courts dismissed the charges against Daniel A. Thilburg due to the lack of a speedy trial. The decision came from the courts last Tuesday, June 25th.

Daniel Thilburg. Image Courtesy of City of Cortland Police.

Back on June 24th, 2023, Thilburg robbed the Tompkins Community Bank on Main Street in the City of Cortland around 11:50 in the morning. He and a getaway driver, Angela M. Schmidt, were caught by police just hours later after an extensive manhunt for the suspects. Angela Schmidt pleaded guilty and received a probationary sentence.

Daniel A. Thilburg was charged with Robbery in the 3rd, Grand Larceny in the 3rd, both Felony charges, and Conspiracy in the 5th, a Misdemeanor. All three charges against him are now dismissed.

X101 News spoke with Cortland County District Attorney Patrick Perfetti who confirmed the dismissal of the charges, but said Thilburg was already walking free due to the state’s bail reform.

Perfetti added he has been urging the Legislature for years that the District Attorney’s Office has been under-resourced for staffing. He did add that there have been hiring’s and the situation has gotten better, but the DA’s Office is still short an attorney.

DA Perfetti continued on to say his office has recently had to focus on numerous other trials which had violent Felony charges including a homicide case. Perfetti said due to the non-violent charges against Thilburg, his case was essentially not a priority.

“It is very disheartening to see such amazing police work on such an important case be dismissed based on timeliness, allowing guilty defendants walk free.”

Cortland Police Chief Paul Sandy said to X101 News.

In charge of the investigation was Lieutenant Edwards with the City of Cortland Police Department. Chief Sandy noted Lieutenant Edwards and his team of detectives worked “extremely long and hard” on the case and were able to culminate enough evidence to what he believed was a “solid case to turn over for prosecution.”

Sources to X101 News tell this was one of numerous cases that have essentially “Timed-Out” aka lacked the right of a speedy trial for the accused and subsequently have the charges dismissed.

X101 has reached out to the Mayor’s Office for comment.

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