HONEOYE — A local business owner was instrumental in leading police to the man suspected of robbing the Canandaigua National Bank branch in Honeoye Saturday morning.

Police charged John F. Burgio, 50, of Holley with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree robbery after he allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the Main Street bank Saturday. According to the Ontario County Sheriff's Office, Burgio fled the scene in a white Dodge Caliber — a car that was the key to leading investigators to his remote location in a Springwater cabin.

Eric Lang, owner of Bald Hill Automotive on Main Street in Honeoye, had helped pull Burgio’s Dodge out of a ditch in Canadice last week. Burgio tried to pay the $100 charge using three declined credit cards, then promised to pay cash later, Lang said. He said he never heard from or saw Burgio after that.

After the 10 a.m. robbery on Saturday, Ontario County Deputy Matt Asquino stopped by the auto shop to ask if anyone had seen a car matching the police description drive by, and in what direction it was headed. Lang said he did not immediately make a connection between the man whose car he towed days earlier and the police’s description of the suspect and his vehicle. He then looked over his security camera footage from Saturday, which covers mostly his own parking lot, and spotted the car turning down West Lake Road headed south. He then called police to report what he saw.

That evening, sheriff's Investigator Matt McDonald told Lang in a phone call that police were looking for Burgio and that someone reported seeing Bald Hill Automotive pull his car out of the ditch on Tuesday. Then, Lang said, it clicked.

“At first I didn’t think it was this guy. The description from police was about 60 years old and this guy I remember was 40 or 50,” Lang said. “Nothing clicked until Matt McDonald called me and said ‘This was the car you pulled out the other night.’"

Lang didn’t have much information on Burgio, but remembered doing work for him before.

Months before the robbery, Bald Hill employee Justin Knapp helped Burgio haul several old cars out of the property near Thunder Hill and Dutch Hollow roads in Springwater, where he was later charged. Knapp was able to pinpoint that location for police using Google Maps and Google Earth, Lang said.

Police used that information to track down Burgio in “a very remote area of Springwater,” they said, and charged him Sunday morning. A “substantial” amount of the stolen money was recovered, according to the sheriff's office.

While Lang is sure to never see his $100, he said he’s satisfied knowing Burgio is behind bars.

Burgio is currently in Ontario County Jail pending further court appearances.