Police: York man robbed bank, helped son in store heist

Surveillance photo from the Heritage Valley Federal Credit Union.

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A York man was arrested after police said he helped his son pull off an armed robbery at a gas station and then held up a bank the next day.

Gregory L. Brown Sr., 54, faces additional charges for a hospital bomb threat that was used as a diversion in the first heist, police said.

Brown and his son, 25-year-old Gregory L. Brown Jr. of York, are accused of robbing the Roosevelt Shell gas station at 1108 Roosevelt Avenue in West Manchester Township on Monday night.

Police said one of them had a handgun when they took money from the store, and the pair unsuccessfully tried to steal the clerk’s car.

Before the robbery, Brown allegedly created a diversion by calling 911 and claiming three bombs would go off at York Hospital in the next hour.

The following morning, Brown Sr. allegedly robbed the Heritage Valley Federal Credit Union in the 700 block of Kings Mill Road in Spring Garden Township. Police said he demanded money in a threatening note he handed to a teller.

Both men were arrested early Wednesday at a Lancaster County motel. Members of the Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team surrounded the Economy Inn at 2140 Lincoln Highway East, evacuated guests from rooms near where the suspects were staying, and took the men into custody without incident shortly after 5 a.m.

Police said if the pair had not been arrested, more robberies would have occurred.


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