Meadville Tribune

December 1, 2012

Vernon Township bank robber at large

By Keith Gushard
Meadville Tribune

VERNON TOWNSHIP — A man who robbed a Vernon Township bank office around midday Friday remains on the lam.

There were no injuries in the 12:30 p.m. robbery of the First Niagara Bank office in the Park Avenue Plaza shopping center, according to Chief Randolph Detzel of Vernon Township Police Department.

The suspect, a white male, didn’t display a weapon and left with an undetermined amount of money.

“He passed a note demanding money,” Detzel told a Tribune reporter.

The suspect and two bank employees were the only persons in the bank office at the time.

The suspect is described by police as approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 200 to 210 pounds. The man was wearing a black baseball cap with red letters on it, a black coat, blue jeans and was wearing glasses, according to Vernon Township Police.

The man fled the bank office on foot toward the shopping center’s office on the east side of the property. The man was not seen getting into a vehicle, but may have left the area in one, Detzel said.

Vernon Township Police responded to the scene, along with officers from West Mead Township and Meadville municipal police departments, Pennsylvania State Police and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities searched areas near the shopping center as well as within the City of Meadville, but didn’t locate the man, Detzel said. Authorities broke off the search around 4 p.m.

“We do have a couple of leads we’re working,” Detzel said. “We appreciate all the help we received from the surrounding departments.”

Police thought they had a suspect in the case who matched the description, but the man wasn’t involved with the bank robbery, Detzel said.

Authorities from the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force did take Raymond M. Gregg Jr. into custody around 3 p.m. in the Edinboro area, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday afternoon. Gregg, who did partially match the description of the alleged bank robber, was wanted on a warrant out of Washington County, Pennsylvania, according to the sheriff’s office. Members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force members had searched the State Street area of Meadville for Gregg on Friday morning.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

You can help

Persons with information about Friday’s bank robbery of the First Niagara Bank office in the Park Avenue Plaza are asked to contact Vernon Township Police at 333-6309 or 337-8133 or through the Crawford County dispatching center at 724-2548.