Prison for bank robber who claimed to have bomb

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York-area man who claimed to have a bomb while robbing a Springettsbury Township bank has been sentenced to state prison.

Shannon Steckbeck, 51, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 25, in York County Court to bank robbery and making a bomb threat.

Also known as Shawn Steckbeck, he was sentenced to six to 15 years in state prison, court records state.

Shannon Steckbeck

On Jan. 25, he robbed the Citizen's Bank at 2990 E. Market St. of $2,235, then stole a customer's vehicle to make his getaway, according to Springettsbury Township Police.

He was captured in Lancaster County on Jan. 30, by West Hempfield Township Police after allegedly robbing a bank in their jurisdiction, police said at the time. Read more about that on by clicking the link below.

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During the Citizen's Bank robbery in Springettsbury Township, Steckbeck sat down in an employee's cubicle and demanded cash and her car keys, police said.

'Calm' robber: He "calmly told her that this was a robbery, and she was going to help him," court documents state.

He also said there was a bomb inside the bank that would detonate in 90 seconds if he didn't intervene, according to police.

The employee walked him to a teller's window, where Steckbeck went through a stack of $10 bills and handed them back, saying he didn't want them, according to police, who said he also refused to take a stack of singles.

After taking the cash he wanted, Steckbeck turned to a customer, demanded her car keys and fled in her Honda Civic, police said.

No explosive devices were found in the bank.

About 15 minutes later, state police found the abandoned Civic in the parking lot of Haines Acres Shopping Center, police said.

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Paperwork found: The next day, the Civic's owner was searching the parking lot, looking for her car keys, when she found a white plastic shopping bag like the one Steckbeck used to stash the stolen bank money.

Inside it was discharge paperwork from York Hospital with Steckbeck's name, according to police.

The jacket worn by the bank robber was found inside the Civic, police said. Inside the left pocket of the jacket was a prescription for Steckbeck, police said.

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