MEDIA RELEASE #1889, ROBBERY, UNKNOWN SUSPECT(S) – HAZLE & WRIGHT TOWNSHIPS, LUZERNE COUNTY, PA
The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop N, Hazleton, continues their investigation of two bank robberies.
On December 22, 2014, at approximately 5:10 p.m., two female employees were leaving the Community Bank, 77 Airport Road, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, PA. The two employees were confronted by two white males at the rear parking area of the bank. The suspects were armed with what appeared to be assault rifles and were clothed completely in black, to include black ski masks. The suspects told the employees to open the door and shut the alarm off. All four re-entered the bank. Suspect #1 demanded the money from the purses of the victims. Both purses were emptied on the floor. Suspect #2 emptied the coins from a teller’s coin vault into a garbage can that was at the teller’s desk. Included in the stolen coins, were 250 “Eisenhower Dollars.” The victims were instructed to lay on the floor, count to 200, and not get up or they would be killed. The suspects then fled through the back door.
On December 31, 2014, at approximately 10:20 a.m. a bank robbery took place at the Citizen’s Bank, 219 South Mountain Boulevard, Wright Township, Luzerne County, PA. From viewing surveillance footage from this robbery, it is apparent the suspects are the same in both crimes. During this robbery, the suspects entered through the front door and ordered everyone to the floor. They attempted to gain access to the vault but were unsuccessful. The suspects emptied one of the teller drawers into a duffle bag that they brought in with them. A dye pack was included in the money that was stolen, but it is unknown whether it activated. The suspects exited the bank through a side door.
The suspects are described as white males, between 5’7” and 5’10” tall, weighing between 175 and 200 pounds, with voices that were described as “younger.” The suspects were armed with what appeared to be “AR” style assault rifles. It is believed that the suspects conducted surveillance of the locations prior to committing the robberies.
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All information is accurate as of Release Date.