Serial Bank Robber Robs Bank, Gets Immediately Released Under NY Reform Laws

A three-time convicted bank robber was released from jail without bail for his fourth robbery charge on Tuesday.

Albany, NY – A three-time convicted bank robber was released from jail without bond just days after being arrested for yet another bank robbery.

Albany County Court Judge William Carter released 41-year-old Christopher Seamans on his own recognizance on Tuesday afternoon after prosecutors told the judge that he qualified for no-bond release under the state’s new criminal justice reform laws, the Times Union reported.

Police arrested Seamans on Dec. 28, 2019, in connection with a robbery at Pioneer Savings Bank the day prior, the Colonie Police Department (CPD) said in a Facebook post.

According to investigators, Seaman kept his hand inside his pocket as he barged into the bank and demanded that a teller hand over cash, the Times Union reported.

He made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Investigators posted surveillance photos of the suspect online in an effort to identify him, and received a slew of tips from the public.

Seamans was ultimately taken into custody by the New York State Police and the Dewitt Police Department, and has been charged with third-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny, the CPD said in the post.

Investigators found evidence related to the robbery inside his residence and vehicle, but the cash he stole from the bank has not been recovered.

In 2005, Seamans was sentenced to four years in prison for robbing banks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Times Union reported.

He robbed another bank in New York in 2010, and was sentenced to almost five years in prison on that case.

Seamans was most recently released from federal prison on Dec. 17, 2017, according to the Times Union.

Despite his extensive criminal history and the fact that the cash he allegedly stole has not been recovered, Seamans was allowed to walk out of jail without bond on New Year’s Eve.

“In light of the interest in the new bail/discovery reform for 2020 – here is an early example,” CPD’s post read. “Happy New Year everyone! Especially happy for our most recent bank robber.”

New York’s so-called criminal justice reform laws went into effect on New Year’s Day.

Offenders found in possession of a wide array of weapons – including guns, switchblades, swords, machetes, and stun guns – will now be issued a “desk appearance ticket” and “set free,” the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) pointed out in a Facebook post in December.

Lawmakers also eliminated cash bail for hundreds of other criminal charges, including stalking, arson, resisting arrest, money laundering in support of terrorism, rioting, vehicular assault, unlawful imprisonment, negligent homicide, and a slew of drug-related charges.

Criminal offenses against children, including child abuse, promoting child prostitution, facilitating female genital mutilation, and possessing or promoting a sexual performance by a child will also be treated with a mandatory release.

Obstructing governmental duties by means of a bomb, killing a police K9 or horse, and obstructing emergency medical services personnel were also included on the no-jail list.

In addition to eliminating cash bail for hundreds of criminal offenses, as many as 900 inmates are being released from jail under the law changes, WCBS reported.

In recent days, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has stationed workers on Rikers Island to dole out gifts to all departing inmates.

Carrying all of the taxpayer-purchased rewards, including $25 debit cards, Mets tickets, free transit passes, movie tickets, and various gift cards, has become such a burden that the city is working to purchase drawstring bags so criminals can pack their prizes out more easily, the New York Post reported.

There are even plans in the works to kick in some prepaid cell phones as part of New York’s soft-on-crime criminal justice reform law changes.

Over $500,000 has been used to purchase additional items, such as winter coats, the New York Post reported. The Steve Madden shoe company has also donated footwear to the cause.

Although de Blasio originally touted the gifts as an incentive to get people to show up to court, they’re now being bestowed upon all exiting criminals – including those who have wrapped up their sentences and have no further court hearings in connection with their latest round of offenses, the New York Post reported.

The city is using taxpayer dollars not only to shower criminals with gifts, but also to pay the workers from nonprofit groups that are doling everything out to them.

The program will expand beyond the boundaries of Rikers to all city courthouses during the week of Jan. 6.

“It’s a sad state of affairs when the city bends over backward to reward criminals instead of protecting the victims of their crimes,” one law enforcement source told the paper. “What’s next? Free limo service back home?”

As many as 15,000 inmates are expected to rake in the prizes supplied by the incentive program, according to the New York Post.

“2020 is going to be the year of the perp,” one law enforcement source told the paper.

Comments (45)
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whatalways3parts1
whatalways3parts1

Very, very Sad state of Affairs. Damn.

DNW
DNW

Ok, let's see if he shows up in court when he's supposed to, or takes off with all that unrecovered cash...

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Bank robbery, where are the feds?

JBoH
JBoH

New York...the east coast answer to California.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

He should still being doing time in the pen for his second bank robbery.

Third and fourth?

sturnman22
sturnman22

At least this will keep him in and around New York for future crimes as no nearby states have such idiotic get-out-of-jail- free laws!

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Yes, and I'm sure he has every incentive to show up to court and totally not run off with the cash.

RamblinRose
RamblinRose

Bank robbery is a FEDERAL offense. Why haven't the Feds arrested him?

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

And so it starts

cops-kid
cops-kid

First reinstate the 2nd amendment in NY State, Then give 48 hours notice to the general public before emptying all the jails... season's open, HUNT SAFE !

Reregirl
Reregirl

I will be staying out of NY. This is just disgusting.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Time for the FEDS to kick in and stop this ridiculous stuff!!!! Watch and see if the vigilantes for every offense don't start oiling their machine!

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Since their laws are irrelevant and they are releasing violent felons onto the street - go armed in NY as a simple matter of survival. If you must defend yourself, ask for own recognizance and take a vacation.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Perhaps we need a Federal "Baker Act" for politicians.

Andytheman
Andytheman

NY and CA residents, arm yourselves! From a police officer not working in NY or CA thank God! Police are also under orders to soften their enforcement manners like the fat female cop did in NY allowing a suspect to sucker punch and beat her partner while she lightly tapped the guy on the shoulder when he was beating the cop. All she said was " get off him". Didn't even taze the guy. 3 hours later this punk was back standing at the same street corner harassing people walking by. He had a body guard this time. He hired another cop as a bodyguard! No bond, released under the new reform law touted by the Mayor. He also had previous violent crimes under his belt. Arm yourselves! Police won't be able to help you for fear of not being backed by their department''s brass or getting sued. The new law in NY allows the perps to get the cop's name and home address! They even get gift cards when released to make sure they promise to show up in court later! Messed up.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

I can just hear the officers responding to this guy’s next bank robbery. - “Oh, hey Chris, nice to see you out and about in the neighborhood! When you get a moment, won’t you please stop by the prosecutors office? Have a nice day!”

ElleD
ElleD

"Chirlane Irene McCray is married to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. She was formerly a writer and editor and has published poetry and worked in politics as a speechwriter. McCray chairs the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and leads ThriveNYC. She has been described as de Blasio's "closest advisor." HMMMM.....

DR226
DR226

So if the law goes into effect in 2020 why was he released on new years eve 2019? And NY should have a three strikes law to keep the community safe fro guys like this. Was he also given the free perks to to go along with his freedom, and add to the cash stashed from the robbery. Can't the DOJ step in and stop unjust stupid reform laws like these?

michelle1964
michelle1964

How stupid can they be.

javaguy
javaguy

I think New York just passed California for the award 'Stupid Shit done by a State in America'

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Anyone want to wager if he robs another bank between now and his court date?

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

If u voted deblasio into office this is on you..ny goin to hell in a handbasket thanks to demonrats..shameful

colonelorville
colonelorville

I hope by wife of 60 years doesn't see this. Part of the time I was an SFPD COP, she was a BANK TELLER. She was robbed by an individual with a "DIRTY HARRY TYPE .44 MAGNUM". This "KIND INDIVIDUAL" said to her, "HURRY UP, BITCH, YOU WANT TO GET YOUR HEAD BLOWN OFF?" Nice going folks. I'm in the wrong part of the USA, to start a mass recall movement, although it's just about as bad here. MAYBE SOME OF MY COUNTERPARTS in the two great agencies there, NYPD and NEW YORK STATE POLICE can think of something. "NICE GOING" to the imbeciles that caused this. "GOOD LUCK TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF NEW YORK CITY and the rest of THE STATE OF NEW YORK"

pixiepup
pixiepup

I would never visit New York or California. Their laws don’t make any sense! Just scary!

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

Why bother trying to follow the law? Seems to me there aren't any laws left to break in CA or NY. Their political leaders need to suffer the consequences of THEIR law making decisions. This is INSANE.

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

Along with the gifts they receive, they should include the mayor's home address so they can go by and personally thank him. I'm sure he would live to meet them and maybe invite them to dinner and a drink

Janken
Janken

What do you expect. The place is run by Democrats. Typical thinking. Guess they are waiting until he kills a bank person

stellcop
stellcop

100's will be killed under these new rules, nobody will show up for their court hearing. when they plea these out by removing the "gun" charge involved in the act, you get increased gun crime. Morons as bad as Chicago doing the same thing.

Pro2A
Pro2A

We have to face the fact that the blue zones are going to crumble. Upstate NY would love to break from downstate and its master criminal governor. Maybe conservatives should all leave the lost blue zones like downstate NY, NJ, Philly, Boston, Chicago, So Cal and move to battleground states like VA and TX to save them. I live in a blue zone city (always have) and am now maybe too old to leave, but am still considering it. My vote is meaningless but it might count in states on the knife's edge live VA and TX. There's still time for Feds to act aggressively against domestic terrorist organizations like BLM, Open Society Foundations, etc. The mind blowing thing about blue zones is that middle-aged middle class people are voting for this. God help us if they take our guns away.

Hi-estComonDeNomn
Hi-estComonDeNomn

Good to see they followed the law

NomonK
NomonK

I thought Bank Robbery was a Federal Crime? Why wasn't he Federally Charged? Can NY release those charged Federally? Yes I'm full of questions.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

De Blasio should just go down to Rikers Island and as everyone is released he should just suck the chrome off of everyone's trailer hitch. The thought of that would be a hell of a deterrent.