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Police: Drifter nabbed at Central Market after robbing Springetts bank

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York-area drifter arrested Tuesday at York City's Central Market didn't have time to spend the $1,000 apparently burning a hole in his pocket, according to police allegations.

That's because police in York City recognized him as matching the description of a man who robbed a Springettsbury Township bank just minutes earlier, police said.

Nathan Eric Mowry

He was arrested after walking into Central Market, then taken to Springettsbury Township Police headquarters, where he confessed to committing the robbery, according to township Lt. Todd King.

The physical description of the bank robber broadcast over police radio stated the robber was wearing a yellow jacket. Nathan Eric Mowry was wearing a yellow jacket when he was spotted walking in York City's downtown area by an officer, according to King.

A number of law-enforcement agencies, including York City Police, followed or helped apprehend the man not long after the robbery was reported, the lieutenant said.

Mowry, 36, of no fixed address, was arraigned Tuesday at the office of District Judge Barry Bloss Jr. on charges of bank robbery and receiving stolen property, according to court records.

He is in York County Prison on $50,000 bail, records state.

The robbery: Mowry walked into the M&T Bank at 2801 E. Market St. at 10:10 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding cash and stating he had a gun, according to King.

He never displayed a weapon, and no one was hurt, the lieutenant said.

After being handed $1,065, Mowry fled the bank, King said.

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No time for lunch: A number of people posted comments on Facebook that they had seen someone arrested at Central Market or saw police vehicles in the area.

That led several people to quip that perhaps Mowry headed straight to Central Market because he had a hankering for Bair's Fried Chicken.

King said Mowry still had the stolen bank money in his pocket when he was arrested.

Mowry's criminal record in York County dates back to 2005, but this is the first time he's been accused of a violent offense. He previously pleaded guilty in eight cases to charges including burglary, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records state.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.