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Police: Columbia bank may be robber's 3rd crime

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Surveillance photo of suspects in May 30 robbery (submitted) Surveillance photo of suspects in May 30 robbery (submitted)
Surveillance photo from May 20 robbery (submitted) Surveillance photo from May 20 robbery (submitted)
Surveillance photo from May 20 robbery (submitted) Surveillance photo from May 20 robbery (submitted)
COLUMBIA, Pa. (WHTM) -

The man who held up a bank in Columbia this morning may be the same person who robbed Lancaster and Mountville stores at gunpoint last month, police said Tuesday.

The bank robbery occurred at the Union Community Bank, at 10 S. 18th Street, where the man was armed with a handgun when he handed a teller a note demanding money at around 9:20 a.m., according to West Hempfield Township police.

He then left the bank with the money and was seen getting into a small, silver sedan, possibly a Hyundai Elantra with a partial registration of "YZW," police said. A woman was driving and possibly another person was in the vehicle.

The gunman was described as a white male between 25-30 years old, 5'6" to 5'9" tall, thin to average build, with a shaved head. He was wearing a black or dark gray T-shirt with white printing on front and black pants.

Police believe the same suspects were involved in a May 30 robbery at the J&K SuperMart at 545 New Holland Avenue in Lancaster, where a black semi-automatic handgun was used to steal money, police said.

They may also be responsible for an attempted robbery May 20 at the Getty Mart at Highland Drive and Stony Battery Road in Mountville, where a man pulled a knife on a store clerk but panicked and fled when the employee refused to give him money, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Hempfield Township Police at 717-285-5191 or 1-800-957-2677.

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