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September 14, 2013

City man charged in bank heist

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man said he was tired of helping others and wanted to help himself. So he robbed a bank.

Johnstown police on Thursday charged Anthony Michael Poukish, 22, with robbing the First National Bank branch on Walnut Street on June 11.

Police said Poukish wore a mask when he robbed the bank at gunpoint and made off with more than $2,000. Police said he used a stolen pickup truck as his getaway vehicle, but left behind fingerprints on the steerling wheel, which they used to identify Poukish as the robber.

“Poukish stated he was tired of doing everything for everyone else and needed to do this for himself,” city police said in a criminal complaint.

Poukish, of the 800 block of Steel Street, is charged with robbery/threatens or inflicts serious bodily injury, robbery/threatens or inflicts immediate bodily injury, theft, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats, possessing instruments of crime and simple assault.

He was arraigned by on-call District Judge Rick Varner of Salix and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $125,000 bond.

Poukish was at an apartment in Solomon Homes when police found him. Police recovered a .22-caliber revolver, a black bag and ski mask.

Police said Poukish stole the 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck from Old Conemaugh Borough after the owner left the keys inside. The truck was later recovered on William Penn Avenue, a few miles from the bank, with a $100 bill inside.

Poukish said he left the money as payment to the owner.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

 

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