Police said this man who robbed the Metro Bank in Manchester Twp. on July 31, 2014, is James Welsh, who was arrested in Maryland on Aug. 8, 2014.
Police said this man who robbed the Metro Bank in Manchester Twp. on July 31, 2014, is James Welsh, who was arrested in Maryland on Aug. 8, 2014.

The arrest of an alleged bank robber in Maryland has closed the case on a York County bank robbery, according to police.

Northern York County Regional Police said James L. Welsh was captured in Anne Arundel County on Aug. 8 after a bank robbery there.

Officers there were given a description of the robber shortly after the robbery happened, according to Regional Lt. David Lash.

An officer spotted Welsh — who fit the description — a short distance from the bank and pulled him over, Lash said. Welsh was arrested and charged with the robbery, he said.

Welsh also is charged with committing a second bank robbery in Maryland, according to the lieutenant.

Hanover Police are still looking for this man, who robbed the PNC Bank on Carlisle Street in the borough on July 30, 2014.
Hanover Police are still looking for this man, who robbed the PNC Bank on Carlisle Street in the borough on July 30, 2014.

Lash said Northern Regional investigators have obtained a warrant for Welsh's arrest in a July 31 Manchester Township bank robbery.

Prints at scene: Fingerprint evidence from the bank and eyewitness identification have tied Welsh to the robbery, according to police.

Once extradited, Welsh, 27, of no fixed address, will be charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and making terroristic threats. He is currently being held in prison in Maryland, police said.

Welsh walked into the Metro Bank, 55 Arsenal Road, at 10:08 a.m. and texted on his cellphone the entire time he was in the bank, Lash has said.


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He handed a note to a teller demanding cash, then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, according to Lash, who said Welsh threatened to harm people if his demands weren't met.

At the time, Northern Regional investigators thought the man who robbed the Metro Bank might also have robbed two Hanover-area banks.

Unrelated: But Lash said that's no longer the case.

"We do not believe (Welsh) is responsible for any other bank robberies in York County," he said.

West Manheim Twp. Police said this man robbed the Santander Bank at 1700 Baltimore Pike on June 27, 2014.
West Manheim Twp. Police said this man robbed the Santander Bank at 1700 Baltimore Pike on June 27, 2014.

Hanover Police have said a man walked into the PNC Bank at 880 Carlisle St. in the borough shortly before 3:15 p.m. July 30 and handed a teller a note demanding money. He fled after getting cash, police said.

Reward offered: A $1,000 reward is being offered to the person who can help Hanover Police solve the PNC robbery, police have said.

West Manheim Township Police are still searching for a man who robbed the Santander Bank branch at 1700 Baltimore Pike on June 27.

That robber had a tongue piercing, police said.

Anyone with information on the Hanover or West Manheim Township robberies is asked to call 911.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.