Crus
Crus

A 32-year-old York County man has turned himself in to police following the 2 p.m. Thursday robbery of a Sovereign Bank at 14655 Mount Airy Road in Shrewsbury.

Southern Regional Police Department Chief Jim Boddington said Luis Rafael Cruz turned himself in to York City Police and U.S. Marshals after police got a message to him through his girlfriend in York City.

Police found red dye-stained money in the parking lot between the bank and the Giant Food store, according to charging documents.

The robbery: Tellers at the bank said a man entered the bank wearing jeans, a T-shirt, a hat, glasses and a bandanna around his neck and handed a teller a note stating "give me all your money or no one will get hurt!"

The teller gave the robber cash from her drawer, and when he demanded "the hundreds, give me the hundreds" multiple times, she handed him $15,424, according to documents.

When the man left the bank at 1:55 p.m. with the money, a dye pack that had been with the money exploded in the parking lot and he dumped the money, documents said.

A lead: With the money, detectives found a loan payment statement addressed to Cruz and Jessica Taylor, both of West York, that was dye-stained like the money, documents said.

Detectives obtained a description and photo of Cruz, and a Sovereign Bank teller was able to positively identify a photograph of Cruz as the robber.

A vehicle record showed that Cruz and Taylor owned a black 2009 Mitsubishi Gallant that matched the one seen in a Giant surveillance video hurrying out of the parking lot at the time of the robbery, according to documents.

Cruz faces charges of robbery, theft and receiving stolen property, police said.

He is being held in York County Prison with bail set at $250,000, police said.

- Chelsea Shank can also be reached at cshank@yorkdispatch.com.