2012-08-30 / Front Page

Police Search For Bank Robber

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg substation are currently searching for the whereabouts of a McConnellsburg man believed to be responsible for robbing a branch of F&M Trust Tuesday afternoon

Crime Unit Corporal William Baker filed charges Tuesday evening through the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott against 27-yearold Aaron Lee Deneen of 380 Lions Park Drive. He faces one count each of robbery, terroristic threats and theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

As of press time, police said Deneen's location or whereabouts is still unknown. However he is described by police investigators as being a 5'10” white male weighing 170 pounds and having brown hair and hazel eyes.

In an affidavit of probable cause, police allege at 2:39 p.m. Deneen walked into the bank located in the Penns Village Shopping Center at 182 Buchanan Trail, McConnellsburg. Deneen reportedly handed a female teller a handwritten note stating “give me what you have and you will not get hurt.” The woman emptied her drawer, police said, giving Deneen $6,692 in cash.

“Deneen then asked politely for the note back,” the affidavit said.

At no point during the course of the robbery was a weapon displayed. Furthermore, police told the “News” Deneen made no attempt to conceal his identity.

In speaking with bank employees, one employee confirmed “without a doubt” Deneen was responsible for the robbery. Police added Deneen has an account with the bank and has been in the branch office on multiple occasions. On one of those instances he applied for a loan, but was denied, charging documents indicate.

“I am familiar with Deneen because of past police arrests and incidents,” said Cpl. Baker. “I reviewed the video provided by the bank. The actor in the video clearly appears to be Deneen and matches his likeness, including his JNET driver's license photo.”

At the time of the robbery Deneen was wearing a grey hoodie, black shorts, a hat and sunglasses.

Anyone who may have further information regarding his whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the McConnellsburg state police substation at 717-485-3131.

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