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Jason Addy

A York-area man who allegedly robbed a Springettsbury Township bank Wednesday by saying he had a bomb was taken into police custody Monday.

Shannon Steckbeck, 50, who has no fixed address, faces seven felony charges —  robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, threat to use weapons of mass destruction and two counts each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property — after making off with $2,235 in cash and a customer’s vehicle, according to charging documents.

West Hampfield Township Police arrested Steckbeck on Monday, shortly after a bank robbery in their jurisdiction, according to a news release.

Robbery: About 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Steckbeck, also known as Shawn Steckbeck, entered Citizen’s Bank at 2990 E. Market St., approached an employee’s cubicle and allegedly demanded money and car keys, according to court documents.

Police: Springettsbury bank robber said he had bomb

Steckbeck “sat down and calmly told her that this was a robbery, and she was going to help him,” documents state.

When the employee told Steckbeck she could not access the money in her drawer because she was still in training, Steckbeck said his partner had come into the bank earlier that day and placed a bomb in a trash can that would go off in a minute and a half if she did not cooperate, documents state.

The employee walked Steckbeck to a teller’s window, where Steckbeck again demanded money and car keys, according to court documents.

When the teller began handing money to Steckbeck from her drawer, Steckbeck flipped through a stack of $10 bills and handed them back, saying he did not want them, documents state. Steckbeck also handed back a stack of $1 bills, according to court documents.

The teller told police that Steckbeck put the money he wanted to keep into a white plastic shopping bag that he was holding before turning to a customer and demanding the keys to her vehicle, documents state.

Steckbeck fled the bank in the customer's 2014 Honda Civic, documents state.

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About 15 minutes after being dispatched to the bank robbery, Pennsylvania State Police located the unoccupied red Honda Civic in the parking lot of the Haines Acres Shopping Center on Haines Road, according to court documents.

A state police explosives unit found no explosive devices inside the bank, documents state.

On Thursday, the owner of the car was searching the shopping center’s parking lot, looking for her keys, when she came across a white plastic shopping bag like the one Steckbeck put the money in, documents state.

Police say the man seen in this surveillance photo during a bank robbery on Wednesday is Shannon Steckbeck. Photo courtesy  of Springettsbury Township Police Department.

Police checked the bag and found discharge paperwork from York Hospital with Steckbeck’s name, a shirt, an iced tea bottle and some loose change, according to court documents.

While processing the Honda Civic on Friday, police found the jacket worn by the robber on surveillance videos and a prescription for Shannon Steckbeck in the left pocket, documents state.

Using a photo from a previous arrest, witnesses identified Steckbeck as the man who robbed the bank Wednesday, documents state.

A preliminary hearing for Steckbeck is yet to be scheduled, court records show.