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Man charged in Pa. bank holdup

June 03, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Waynesboro, Pa.-area man in the May 7 armed robbery of the First National Bank of Greencastle branch in Shady Grove, Pa.

Joseph Paul Bookwalter, 25, was charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and simple assault in the holdup.

He was arraigned Wednesday before District Justice John Weyman and taken to Franklin County Prison on $50,000 bond.

The state police report said Bookwalter lives in the Waynesboro and Greencastle areas. The only address Weyman's office had for Bookwalter was that of a relative in Waynesboro.

A man entered the bank at 1574 Buchanan Trail East at 10 a.m. on May 7, pulled what appeared to be a large revolver on a teller and demanded cash.

The affidavit of probable cause said three other tellers were in the bank at the time.

The man fled with $6,120 in cash and was seen driving away in a blue Geo or Neon, the affidavit stated.

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The affidavit said on May 11, Trooper Jeffrey Stine recovered a black Crossman pellet gun manufactured to resemble a .357-caliber revolver.

It was found in a field off Hades Church Road in Antrim Township, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit said Trooper Mark Grove interviewed a woman on Tuesday who said a man told her around May 15, "he had done something bad at a bank in Greencastle."

The woman told police the man "had hidden the money because it was too soon to bring it out," the affidavit said. The man also told her he had thrown the gun into a field after the robbery, according to the affidavit.

On Wednesday, Trooper Anthony Manetta interviewed Bookwalter about the robbery.

Bookwalter's preliminary hearing is set for June 11, according to Weyman's office.

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