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Pa. man charged in Mercersburg bank robbery

April 16, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a York, Pa., man has been charged in connection with a Feb. 19 robbery at the M&T Bank branch in Mercersburg, Pa.

Joseph Lovell Jr., 30, address unavailable, was arrested April 6 by members of the FBI and state police in York as a result of information developed in the investigation of the M&T holdup and an April 2 robbery at a bank in Frederick, Md., state police said.

Lovell was charged Wednesday by federal authorities with bank robbery, said Linda Vici, a spokeswoman for the FBI office in Philadelphia, Pa. She said no hearing date had been set in that case, but a conviction could result in a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Lovell was being held in York County Prison on $75,000 bond on a warrant from Maryland, a prison spokesman said Tuesday.

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Lovell also was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with being a fugitive from justice, Vici said.

Detective Sgt. Bruce DeGrange of the Frederick (Md.) Police Department said Thursday that Lovell is charged with robbery and theft over $500, which is a felony in Maryland. The charges stem from the April 2 holdup of the Woodsboro Bank, DeGrange said.

DeGrange said city police and the FBI worked closely to put the case together.

Police said the M&T branch at 10 N. Main St. in Mercersburg was held up shortly after 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 by a man wearing a dark knit hat, dark jacket, blue jeans and sunglasses. He was described as about 6 feet tall and in his late 20s with reddish brown hair.

The man gave the teller a note, but did not display a weapon.

The robber was believed to be driving a small blue or purple car, police said.

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