Last updated: July 30. 2014 6:48PM - 3994 Views
By - smocarsky@civitasmedia.com



This PNC Bank branch at 501 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, was one of two PNC branches in Luzerne County that reported robberies via bomb threats this afternoon. The other branch is located at 650 Main St., Avoca. Authorities as of yet have not released any information on the incidents.
This PNC Bank branch at 501 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, was one of two PNC branches in Luzerne County that reported robberies via bomb threats this afternoon. The other branch is located at 650 Main St., Avoca. Authorities as of yet have not released any information on the incidents.
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Two PNC Bank branches were threatened with the detonation of bombs as part of robbery attempts today in Luzerne County — one in Avoca and one in West Pittston.


A Luzerne County 911 supervisor confirmed that reports of robberies that were called in as bomb threats “for the place(s) to be robbed” were received by 911.


Another 911 supervisor said the calls were received from the PNC Bank at 650 Main St. in Avoca at 12:33 p.m. and from the PNC Bank at 501 Wyoming Ave. in West Pittston at 2:08 p.m.


That supervisor said Luzerne County detectives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating.


Messages left at the Avoca and West Pittston police departments were not immediately returned.


Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis referred comment to the FBI.


FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski said via email that the FBI has opened an investigation into threats in connection with the two bank branches, “but since it’s ongoing, won’t be able to comment.”


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