3 charged in Columbia bank robbery

Police in Lancaster County have charged three people in the armed robbery of a Columbia bank earlier this month.

Kevin Richard Ware, 29; Rachel Lee Burk, 31; and Allison Ayn Moss, 28, were each charged with one count of robbery, theft, and conspiracy to commit robbery, according to West Hempfield Township police.

Authorities said the three admitted to their roles in the June 4 robbery of the Union Community Bank at 10 South 18th Street, and told officers that the money was used for fuel and drugs.

Ware allegedly was armed with a handgun when he produced a note demanding money from the tellers. Police said the pistol turned out to be a pellet gun that had been modified to
look real.

Ware and Moss were additionally charged with robbing the Getty Mart at 302 Highland Drive in Mountville on May 20.

In that case, Ware pulled a knife on a store clerk, but panicked and fled when the employee refused to give him money, according to police.

Ware admitted to entering the store while Moss admitted to driving the getaway vehicle, police said.

Lancaster police have already charged the three in two additional heists; the May 28 robbery
of J&K Supermarket, at 545 New Holland Avenue, and the May 30
robbery of Mea's Grocery Store, at 121 East Walnut Street.

A fourth suspect, 23-year-old Steven Sultzbach of Lancaster,
was also charged in the J&K Supermarket
robbery, police said.

No one was injured in any of the crimes.

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