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An alert citizen provided the license plate number of an alleged bank robber just before he fled, which police say led to the arrest of a York City man.

West Manchester Township Police say Mark Eugene Sutherland Jr., 35, robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 1461 Loucks Road just after 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28.

As Sutherland was fleeing the scene, a citizen noticed him running out of the bank with a bag, and the man was able to write down the license plate number of the car Sutherland took off in, police said.

Sutherland was later arrested in the basement of a York City home, according to officials.

Robbed bank: While inside the bank Monday morning, Sutherland approached a teller, handed her a bag and told her to place money into the bag, according to police.

After receiving the money, he took off on foot and was last seen getting into a maroon SUV parked between the bank and Weis Markets, police said.

 

The citizen saw Sutherland flee in a "fast and reckless manner" and took down his license number, according to a police news release.

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That number was given to police, which led them to the 400 block of Linden Avenue, where the SUV was found parked.

York City Police and West Manchester Township Police then met with the owner of the car, who let officers search her residence.

Sutherland was found in the basement of the home along with some of the money from the bank robbery, according to the release.

Sutherland was taken into custody, and he admitted that he had robbed the bank, police said. The owner of the SUV had allowed Sutherland to stay in her basement for the past few weeks, the release states.

No weapons were displayed and no one was injured during the robbery, police said.

Sutherland, of the 900 block of Linden Avenue, was taken to central booking for arraignment. He is charged with robbery.

He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.  

Sutherland's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at District Judge Keith Albright's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

 

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