Pennsylvania Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 18, 2007 at 6:57 PM EST

These are bank surveillance photos taken of a man robbing the PennStar branch in New Milford.

Notice the suspect wearing a dark wig.

State Police say that disguise led them to the suspect.

They say this is the man in the photos, 48-year-old Robin Grow of Horseheads.

State Police say the robber was armed with a gun, and a threat, when he walked in the PennStar in January of 2006.

He put package and cooking timer on the counter, and told bank tellers it was a bomb.

6 thousand dollars was stolen.

Action News was there as a bomb squad sent a robot inside to investigate the package.

Troopers say no explosives were found.

But they did find something else that day.

"We received information from witnesses on the scene that he did flee into the woods, in the area, troopers searched the area, and that's when we discovered the wig, the gloves," says Bill Satkowski of Pennsylvania State Police.

Investigators believe the robber threw the wig and gloves out the window as he drove away from the bank.

Investigators took a DNA sample from sweat from inside the wig.

They ran it through a database, and matched it to Grow.

"This is a perfect example of how police used DNA evidence and technology to solve crimes. Had this occurred five years ago, we wouldn't be here," says Satkowski.

Police say Grow's girlfriend drove the getaway car after the robbery.

She could be facing charges too.

Grow was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in court at New Milford.

He's charged with robbery and theft.

Grow was sent to the Susquehanna County Jail on 100 thousand dollars bail.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.