Wrightsville man indicted on bank robbery charges
A Wrightsville man is among five men indicted by a grand jury in connection with bank robberies near York and Lebanon, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Andrew Ishman, 31, of Wrightsville, Derek Pelker, of Berks County, and Ryan "Otis" Miller, of Allegheny County, were indicted Wednesday on charges of conspiracy, armed bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime in relation to an East Prospect robbery in April 2015, according to a news release.
According to the indictment, the three men are charged with robbing Susquehanna Bank (now a BB&T bank) on 1 S. Main St. on the morning of April 24, 2015. They are accused of taking about $19,750 from the bank, according to the indictment.
The indictment states that Ishman was the lookout for the robbery, and Miller was the getaway driver, while Pelker entered the bank wearing a hoodie and mask and showed the employees a gun. Pelker allegedly demanded the money from the vault be placed in a pillowcase, along with money from a teller's drawer, according to the indictment. Pelker then left the bank with Miller and Ishman, the indictment states.
Pelker and Miller also are charged with firearm possession as convicted felons, according to the release.
Additionally. Pelker and his brother, Keith Pelker, 27, and Shannon Gadzouris, 23, also of Berks County, were indicted separately, charging the three with conspiracy and armed bank robbery related to an M&T Bank robbery in Lebanon on April 5, the release states.
The maximum penalty for the offenses regarding the East Prospect robbery is life imprisonment, supervised release after imprisonment and a fine, the release states.
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