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City police use fingerprints to nab suspected bank robber


By Maria Miller

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Johnstown police said they have a man in custody accused of robbing a city bank in June. Police tell 6 News the man has confessed to the crime saying he just needed some money. 

It took about three months for police to make an arrest but they said that time was spent processing finger prints in a crime lab. Once they were able to get a hit this week they tracked down their suspect right away. They consider it a quick and efficient arrest. 

It all started early in the afternoon of June 11. Police said someone stole a truck from a man Old Conemaugh Borough and used it to drive into the city before robbing the First National Bank on Walnut Street. 

"Officers began checking the area and on officer located the same stolen truck parked on William Penn Highway in the Prospect section," said Johnstown Police Chief Craig Foust. 

Police said the suspect was nowhere to be found but his finger prints were. They were sent away to be processed. 

"That was the delay in the investigation, waiting for the reports to come back from the crime lab," said Foust. "But once we got those back things moved rather quickly."

On Thursday, Johnstown police said they had no trouble tracking down their suspect -- 22-year-old Anthony Poukish.

"We did recover the handgun that we believe was used in the robbery last night when we searched the apartment and also some other items we believe were used in the robbery," said Foust. 

After being arrested police said Poukish admitted to the robbery and even told them why he did it. 

"He gave a detailed statement to the detectives and basically said he needed money. That was his reasoning for robbing the bank. He was out of money and needed some more," said Foust. "We did find out that shortly after the robbery he left the area and went to Ocean City for a week and basically lived off money till he was caught."

Poukish is facing a series of charges for stealing the truck and robbing the bank. He's in jail with bond set at a combined $145,000.

 
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