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Possible armed robbery suspect arrested in N.J.

August 03, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

Possible armed robbery suspect arrested in N.J.



McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A series of armed bank robberies in Pennsylvania in March and April, including one on March 6 at the Fulton County National Bank in Warfordsfordsburg, have been solved with the arrest of a Huntingdon County man, state police said Thursday.

David Arthur Lucas, 26, of Hesston, Pa., was captured near Atlantic City on Tuesday, according to Trooper Sean F. Flaherty of the McConnellsburg State Police Detachment.

Flaherty and Trooper James K. Adams of the Bedford State Police Detachment investigated the robberies in Fulton and Bedford counties.

Lucas is charged in Bedford County with robbing the Keystone Financial Bank in Breezewood on April 15, police said.

Lucas was charged with robbery, terrorist threats, theft and assault, weapons violations, simple assault and receiving stolen property, police said.

Police said they were led to Lucas by a tip from an ex-girlfriend. The two had stayed in the Econo Lodge motel in Breezewood on the morning the Keystone Financial Bank was robbed, police said.

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They left the area in the ex-girlfriend's vehicle, police said.

According to police allegations, Lucas told the woman that he was going to drive to Wildwood, N.J. to kill her new boyfriend. She called police in New Jersey and told them of his plans. She also told them about the bank robberies in Pennsylvania, Flaherty said.

Police in Wildwood, N.J., spotted Lucas in a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer that had been reported stolen from Hesston, police said.

Police chased the Blazer until Lucas wrecked it. He was caught after he fled on foot, police said.

Police searched the vehicle and found a .357-caliber handgun and a camouflage jacket believed to have been used in the Warfordsburg bank robbery. Lucas was also carrying a large sum of money at the time of his capture, police said.

Lucas is a suspect in an armed bank robbery in New Jersey on July 11, police said.

Lucas implicated himself in the Pennsylvania robberies during an interview with FBI investigators from Atlantic City, Flaherty said.

The Associated Press also contributed to this story.

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