Dunmore man charged in connection with 14 area bank robberies

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected] | December 4th, 2017 11:09 pm

SCRANTON — A Dunmore man has been charged with allegedly robbing 14 banks, including one in the Wyoming Valley.

If he’s found guilty, he could face life in prison.

William Fischer, 45, robbed 14 banks around Northeastern Pennsylvania between Dec. 1, 2015, and Sept. 13, 2017, prosecutors say.

Fischer was also charged with robbing 12 of the banks while armed, and he is also facing charges of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Fischer’s alleged crime spree garnered $203,779. So far, law enforcement has recovered only $16,769 of the stolen money.

Fischer is being implicated in robberies ranging from Gouldsboro in Wayne County to West Pittston, where police say he robbed the PNC Bank in January.

Prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of 14 weapons, including handguns, rifles, shotguns and assault rifles plus assorted ammunition and a ballistic vest that were all seized.

Authorities are also looking for the forfeiture of a Scranton property.


By Patrick Kernan

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