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Would-be bank robber eludes Hazleton police

August 23. 2013 8:37AM

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HAZLETON — Someone wearing a ski mask tried to enter a bank in the city’s Heights section Wednesday afternoon.

City police were dispatched to Landmark Community Bank at 383 S. Poplar St. at about 3 p.m. after the bank supervisor called 911 reporting that someone wearing a ski mask and dark clothing tried to gain entry. Witnesses reported the person in the ski mask might have been female.

As police arrived, a person matching the description was seen running in a wooded area between the cemetery on South Poplar Street and Heights Terrace Elementary Middle School on Mill Street. Officers were unable to locate the suspect during a foot pursuit, police said.

City police were assisted by West Hazleton police and state police.

The only description is that the suspect is white, possibly female, and was wearing dark clothing and a dark ski mask.

Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect should contact city police via dialing 911.

DORRANCE TWP. — Mark Hazus, 53, of Mountain Top, reported at about 5:30 a.m. Monday that someone fired gunshots from a vehicle in the area of the 700 block of South Mountain Boulevard.

An investigation continues. Anyone with information should call state police in Hazleton at 570-459-3890.

BENTON TWP. — Allen Dimeler Retherford, of 4095 Maple Grove Road, reported that someone stole $50 in $1 and $5 bills and various coin denominations as well as three watermelons, two cantaloupes, two small baskets of potatoes, three small baskets of peaches and a small basket of tomatoes from in front of his residence sometime between 12:30 and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The produce had an estimated value of $50, police said.

Anyone with information should call state police in Bloomsburg at 570-387-4261.

HAZLETON — Hector Lorenzo Gutierrez, 54, was cited with harassment after an alleged altercation in the area of Arthur and 4th streets at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, city police said.

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