Criminal Justice News

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested Twice by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force

Arrested in 2010 and 2014 for a 2008 Bank Robbery

Scranton, PA – U.S. Marshal Martin Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Gregory Edward Wagner in Lexington, South Carolina.

On December 30, 2008, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police (PMRP) Department was notified that the Citizen’s Bank in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County had been robbed. Their investigation revealed a middle-aged white male entered the bank inside Ahart’s Supermarket in the Blakeslee Plaza shortly before 11:00AM. The suspect sprayed lighter fluid on the bank counter, as well as the area near and around the bank teller. The suspect had one hand in his pocket, and allegedly threatened to ignite the fluid. The suspect demanded the teller fill a bag with money. The teller complied, and the suspect fled the scene. As a result of PMRP’s investigation, an arrest warrant was issued against Wagner, charging him with:

    3 counts of Robbery
    1 count of Theft by Unlawful Taking
    1 count of Receiving Stolen Property
    1 count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person

On March 19, 2010 U.S. Marshals from Charlotte, North Carolina arrested Wagner without incident on the original bank robbery warrant. Wagner was extradited back to Monroe County, Pennsylvania. On April 29, 2010, he appeared before Magisterial District Judge Brian Germano who set bail at only $1,500.00. The former fugitive was released from custody after posting bail. On October 22, 2010, a bench warrant was issued against Wagner after he failed to appear in Monroe County Court on the bank robbery case.

Recently the USMS received information on the whereabouts of fugitive Wagner. In coordination with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the PMRP, the USMS adopted the Failure to Appear warrant into the district’s Fugitive Task Force.

An investigative lead was sent to U.S. Marshals in the District of South Carolina. On March 11, 2014, Wagner was arrested in the 100 block of Fabrister Lane in Lexington, South Carolina. When apprehended, Wagner was working at Coastal Financial Services. The fugitive did not resist arrest, nor did he deny his identity.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “Expending resources on apprehending the same person twice for a serious crime such as bank robbery is troubling. This fugitive has shown contempt for the criminal justice system by fleeing while out on bail. I sincerely hope we are not going to put law enforcement and our community at risk for a third time.”

The USMS worked jointly in this investigation with personnel from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Pocono Mount Regional Police Department and members of the U.S. Marshals Service in South Carolina.

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