LOGANTON - A description of two suspects in a three-state bank robbery spree has led to widespread speculations that last month's gunpoint confrontation in Loganton was one of the incidents in question.
State police at Lamar were called to confirm the report, but were unable to say with certainty that the woman who robbed First National Bank on East Main Street, Loganton, in late May, is the same unidentified female suspect police are looking for in three states, in relation to several bank robberies.
Maryland State Police said the man and woman robbed banks in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania last month.
The description of the suspects in the local robbery and the multi-state spree are strikingly similar, however.
Maryland State Police said she is white, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin build, blonde hair and a possible tattoo on her neck. She walks with a slight limp.
When state police at Lamar released a description of the female suspect, troopers said she was a white, non-Hispanic female with blonde hair, wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans - and who had a tattoo of the word "love" on the left side of her neck.
The male suspect is described as white, between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet tall, with medium build, dark hair and mustache, possibly with sleeve tattoos on both arms.
In the Associated Press articles outlining the three-state couple, the two are described as possibly driving a light blue pickup truck with a tool chest in the bed.
The local robbery couple - or threesome, as some reports indicate two men were in the getaway vehicle - fled from the Loganton bank in a red or maroon older model SUV.
State police at Lamar and a forensic services unit from Montoursville were on the scene shortly after the Sugar Valley robbery, and police helicopters could be seen canvassing the skies over the usually quiet valley as they searched for the assailant on foot.
Both schools in the area, the Sugar Valley Elementary School and the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School, went into lockdown procedure and postponed dismissal of all students until they were released by police, according to state police at Lamar.
Several people were in the vicinity of the bank and witnessed a woman leaving with an over-stuffed shoulder-strap bag draped over her chest.
Trooper Matthew McDermott, from the Lamar barracks, is the head investigator on the case.
Police are urging anybody who might have information pertaining to the robbery to call state police at Lamar at 570-726-6000.