Double dip bank robber charged
Jul 26, 2012 (Menafn - Lebanon Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --A suspect in the February robbery of a South Lebanon Township bank has been linked to the robbery of the same bank committed just days earlier, township police said Thursday.
As a result of DNA testing of evidence left behind, Jeffery J. Mitchell, 58, Manheim, Lancaster County, has been charged in the Feb. 16 robbery of M&T Bank, 903 State Drive, police said. He is also accused of robbing the bank on March 1.
In the first crime, Mitchell is accused of entering the bank at 3:30 p.m. wearing a cap and red bandana to conceal his face. Although he did not display a weapon, police said, he demanded that a teller fill up a bag with money and threatened to kill her if she put a dye pack inside.
On March 1, Mitchell returned to the bank in the same disguise, police said. But this time he displayed the grip of what appeared to be a gun as he demanded money from a teller. No injuries were reported.
In both robberies, police were given a good description of the suspect and his getaway car.
Mitchell was taken into custody on March 22 by New York State Police at the Bath VA Medical Center in Bath, N.Y., police said. Manheim Borough and VA medical center police in both Lebanon and Bath assisted South Lebanon police in the investigation.
Mitchell waived extradition and was returned March 30 to Lebanon County, where he was arraigned on charges of robbery and making terroristic threats in the second robbery, police said. He is in Lebanon County prison being held in lieu
of 200,000 bail and awaiting a preliminary hearing, which has been set for Aug. 16.
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