New Castle News


January 8, 2014

Police searching for bank robbery suspect

NEW CASTLE — Police are seeking a man who held up a bank in Neshannock Township Tuesday.

The suspect, who gave a note to a teller stating he had a gun, fled FirstMerit Bank on Wilmington Road with an undetermined amount of money. No one in the bank saw a weapon, police said, and no one was injured.

The robbery occurred shortly before noon when a single person walked into the bank. After giving the teller the note and taking money, police said, he grabbed the note before fleeing.

The robber was seen running through the parking lot of the bank, but employees then lost sight of him. Neshannock and Hickory Township police, along with state police, searched the area on foot and in vehicles but could not locate the robber.

Police took photos from bank surveillance cameras into evidence, and the FBI and Pennsylvania State Police reconstruction units are assisting with the investigation into the robbery.

According to Lt. John Rand of the Neshannock Township Police Department, authorities are looking into the possibility the robber is the same person who held up the GNC Federal Credit Union office in downtown New Castle Dec. 26.

Anyone with information about Tuesday’s robbery has been asked to call Neshannock police at (724) 656-4909.

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