2012-09-06 / Front Page

Deneen Arrested In Bank Heist

Awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A McConnellsburg man recently charged with robbing the Penn’s Village branch of F&M Trust was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Maryland.

On August 31 Crime Unit Cpl. William Baker of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Mc- Connellsburg announced 27-yearold Aaron Lee Deneen was “captured and taken into custody” by Baltimore City Police Department at approximately 3 p.m.

Deneen was incarcerated immediately following his arrest and is currently awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania, Cpl. Baker added.

Deneen, of 380 Lions Park Drive, was charged in connection with the bank robbery that occurred during the mid-afternoon hours on August 28 in Ayr Township. He currently faces one count each of robbery, terroristic threats and theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed with Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott, police allege Deneen walked into the bank branch located at 182 Buchanan Trail, McConnellsburg, at 2:39 p.m. He is accused of handing 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. At the time of he was wearing a grey hoodie, black shorts, a baseball hat and sunglasses.

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

Baker would later state the individual appearing in the robbery video footage “clearly appears to be Deneen.”

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