Maryland man charged federally with robbing 3 York County banks


A man who local law enforcement had charged last year with robbing two York County banks was charged federally on Wednesday for both of those robberies and a third one.

The federal indictment against Wayne Lee Brennan, 40, of Fort Howard, Md., says he robbed the Santander Bank branch at 1700 Baltimore Pike in West Manheim Township on June 27, then the PNC Bank branch at 880 Carlisle St. in Hanover on July 30 and finally the PNC Bank branch at 2430 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township on Sept. 16.

At each of the three banks, he passed the teller a note demanding money, but didn't display a gun, authorities allege. The day after the last robbery, Brennan was captured after a lengthy vehicle chase, during which he rammed two police cruisers, according to police.

After he was captured, Brennan declined to speak with investigators, but searches of his home and vehicle uncovered evidence that apparently linked him to the Springettsbury and West Manheim bank robberies, according to police. At that point, Hanover Police were still investigating whether Brennan robbed the third bank.

Both federal and local law enforcement have jurisdiction over all bank robberies, and the federal government normally gets involved when the alleged robber has hit multiple banks, according to U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Dawn Mayko.

The indictment alleges he took $1,640 from the West Manheim Township bank, $855 from the Hanover one and then $2,630 from the Springettsbury Township one.

Brennan has been charged federally with three counts of robbery, with each count carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He had been charged locally with robbery and other related counts in connection with the West Manheim Township and Springettsbury Township robberies.

At this point, the two local cases against Brennan remain active, said Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office. He said he couldn't comment at this point on what would happen to those charges in light of the new federal ones.

In addition to the three local departments, the FBI and Baltimore County Police aided in the investigation.

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