Last updated: June 25. 2014 11:42PM - 2144 Views
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Christopher Steven Prince and Diana Marie Poole, who police allege robbed the Community Bank in Edwardsville, will face identical felony charges.

District Judge Paul Roberts arraigned both Prince and Poole Wednesday on two counts of robbery, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of theft.

In court, Prince, 27, of Downingtown, said he had been arrested before on DUI and meth-related charges, and Poole, 36, of Parkesburg, said she had been charged with burglary in the past. Both said they are unemployed, have no current address and are addicted to heroin.

According to a police affidavit, a man and a woman, later identified as Prince and Poole, walked into Community Bank in the West Side Mall just before 3 p.m. on June 11 and demanded money from a female teller.

“No dye packs, no alarms and no yelling. I have a gun in my purse,” Poole said, according to an affidavit.

Police said the teller put money in a purse Poole had placed on the counter before Prince and Poole collected the purse and exited through the front door. The pair was then seen running behind Price Chopper and into a wooded area near the Woodward Pumping Station, the report said.

Officers from Edwardsville and neighboring police departments searched the wooded area, but the suspected bank robbers were not located, police said.

Surveillance footage obtained from surrounding businesses showed both Prince and Poole sitting in front of the McDonald’s restaurant in the West Side Mall prior to the robbery, according to the affidavit.

In the police report, Prince allegedly referred to Poole as his girlfriend to a third party, though Poole said in court Wednesday she was married Donald Poole.

The Times Leader reported last week that Judge Roberts signed arrest warrants for the two on June 18, and that arrest warrants were also issued for Prince and Poole in Chester County — on June 12 and May 9, respectively — charging them with parole violations.

The pair was transported to Luzerne County Correctional Facility where they’re each being held on $50,000 bail. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 9.

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