Bank Robbery

On Monday, January 30, 2017, at approximately 3:51PM, officers from the West Hempfield Township Police Department were dispatched to the Union Community Bank, located at 10 South 18th Street, Columbia, PA, West Hempfield Township, for a bank robbery. The Lancaster-Wide Communication dispatcher advised the responding officers that a middle aged white male entered the bank, demanded money, and then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of currency.

Officers learned that the male subject did not display a weapon, that there were no customers in the bank at the time of the robbery, and that no bank employees were harmed during the incident.

Bank employees reported to the dispatcher that the subject left the area of the bank in a black Nissan, which was being operated by another male, and the vehicle was last scene traveling towards Rouet 462, (Columbia, Ave.).

While officers were at the scene the driver of the Nissan returned to the bank. The driver of the Nissan was Greg Kreiser, of Columbia, PA. Kreiser reported to police that he met the suspect at the Union Station Bar in Columbia Borough. Kreiser told police that the suspect asked him for a ride back to his motel located in West Hempfield Township. Kreiser stated that on the way to the motel the suspect asked him to stop at the Union Community Bank so he could make a withdraw. Kreiser added that he then drove the suspect to the bank.

Kreiser than dropped the subject off at Kmart, located in the Prospect Plaza, along Route 462.

Kreiser informed police that on his way back to Columbia Borough he took notice to the police vehicles parked at the UCB., and he indicated that he felt that something was not right, so he stopped to speak with the police.

Continuing on the same date, at about 4:44 PM, officers from  the West Hempfield Township Police Department located the subject at the Columbia Family Restaurant, and he was placed in custody without incident.

The individual was identified as Shannon Steckbeck,  of York, PA.

Steckbeck was interviewed at the West Hempfield Township Police Department and he confessed to the UCB robbery.

Steckbeck had multiple warrants to include felony warrants out of Springettsbury Township Police Department, York County, PA.

A West Hempfield Township Police Officer transported Steckbeck to the Springettsbury Police Department, and he was released into their custody.

After conferring with the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, the West Hempfield Township will be filing robbery related charges against Steckbeck at MDJ Miles Bixler;'s Office. Kreiser will not be charged.

All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Incident Date: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 3:51pm

Incident Type:

Reference ID: 
2017-WH-00207

Location: 

10 S. 18th Street
Columbia, PA 17512