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Dye pack explodes, dumb bank robber who tried to deposit stained money in another bank, faces 25 years in prison

ALBANY - An Albany man, who tried to deposit dye pack stained money at another bank, was found guilty after a jury trial of one count of robbery in the first degree, a felony, in Albany County Court Thursday afternoon. 

On the morning of July 16, 2012, at the Key Bank at 561 New Scotland Avenue, in the City of Albany, Don-Lee Grayson, 45, displayed what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money from a bank teller.  He left the bank with an envelope containing a sum of US Currency and a dye pack that the teller had slipped into the envelope.  Shortly after leaving the bank, the dye pack exploded. 

Grayson then went to a different bank and attempted to trade in the stained money, which the bank refused.  The bank provided law enforcement with video surveillance footage of the incident.  

Grayson then attempted to pay his rent with the stained currency, which was also not accepted by the landlord’s bank.  The landlord then turned the money over to the Colonie Police Department and a subsequent advisory was filed. 

Ultimately, analysis of video surveillance footage from the banks led to the capture of Grayson.

Grayson faces 25 years in State Prison when sentenced on August 7, 2014.