2010-02-25 / Front Page

Waterfall Bank Robbed

Search continues for bank robber
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Officials with the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Laboratory were called to do an evidence sweep of the Waterfall branch of Community State Bank Monday morning following a heist that netted the unmasked robber a plastic bag of cash. Officials with the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Laboratory were called to do an evidence sweep of the Waterfall branch of Community State Bank Monday morning following a heist that netted the unmasked robber a plastic bag of cash. Pennsylvania State Police continued their search this week for the robber who was brazen enough to enter the Waterfall branch of Community State Bank of Orbisonia Monday morning without a face mask or gloves and walked out with a bag of cash.

The suspect, according to investigating officer Trooper Blaine Henderson of the Mc- Connellsburg barracks, reportedly sat inside his older model vehicle for almost 20 minutes while parked in a lot adjacent to the bank on Monday, February 22.

After crossing the gravel parking lot in front of the bank, the robber entered the building located at 994 Waterfall Road at 9:38 a.m. The robber, who did not brandish any type of weapon, proceeded to the teller on the far left of the lobby and passed the woman a handwritten note demanding money, Henderson stated in a press release.

Surveillance photo Surveillance photo The suspect, the trooper added, did not made any threats before exiting the bank with a white plastic grocery bag containing an undisclosed amount of money.

Surveillance footage and eye witness accounts indicate the man was only inside the bank for an estimated one minute and 10 seconds. Surveillance also showed the getaway vehicle travelling north on Appleby Road, which turns into a New Grenada Highway at the nearby intersection.

The vehicle is described as a maroon-colored, fourdoor sedan without driver’s side hubcaps. The car could possibly be a Chevrolet Lumina.

The robber travelled alone during the bank heist, state police reported. The Caucasian male is believed to be in his early to mid-40s, between 180 and 200 pounds and falling in the range of 6 feet to 6 feet, three inches, in addition to having a “scruffy appearance.” He was observed wearing an olive-colored jacket, a red T-shirt, blue jeans, boots and a black toboggan cap.

The February 2010 incident marks the second robbery at the Waterfall bank within a four-year time frame. The last holdup that occurred on March 11, 2006, remains unsolved to date. During that heist, an armed man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, ski mask, sweatpants and mirrored sunglasses entered the bank just minutes before closing time and took cash from three tellers.

The robber’s getaway vehicle was discovered eight days later inside a barn along Doran Road in the Hustontown area. The car had previously been reported stolen from outside the Burnt Cabins Hotel.

Anyone having additional information regarding Monday’s robbery of the Waterfall branch of Community State Bank of Orbisonia is urged to immediately contact Fulton County Crime Solvers by calling 717-485-5771. Crime Solvers is offering a sizeable reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Information may also be shared directly with local state police officials at 717-485- 3131.

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