Friday, June 22, 2018

Pottsville Robbery Suspect Taken into Custody in Shenandoah on Thursday

On Thursday, Police located the man they say allegedly robbed a bank in Pottsville earlier this week.

According to Pottsville Police Chief Richard Wojiechowsky, on Thursday, June 21, 2018, Timothy Mark Mackereth, 29, with a last known address from Philadelphia, was taken into custody and charged by the Pottsville Bureau of Police with the bank robbery committed at M&T Bank, Centre and Norwegian Street, Pottsville on Tuesday 06/19/18. 

The police investigation included tips from a large number of concerned citizens and contact with many cooperative area businesses to review video surveillance footage.  On Thursday June 21 investigators learned that video from the Pottsville Republican office in the 100 block of Mahantongo Street had captured a male matching the physical description of the suspect walking south in the unit block of South Second St., east in the 100 block of Mahantongo St., and then south onto the 200 block of South Centre St.  However, he was no longer wearing the hat, sunglasses, or lime green shirt worn at the time of the robbery indicating they had been discarded immediately after the incident.
During a canvass of the path taken by the suspect Captain Steven Guers found the suspect’s shirt, hat and sunglasses discarded in a garbage can in a breezeway off of  the unit block of N. 2nd Street. 

Investigators were then able to utilize video from additional businesses on S. Centre St. that indicated the suspect had continued to the Union Station in the 300 block of South Centre Street.  Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) cooperation helped police learn that the suspect had purchased a bus ticket there and boarded a bus to Shenandoah.  Further investigation showed the suspect had used a smart pass to pay for the ticket which was electronically transmitted and stored, revealing the biographical information of the card holder as Mackereth.   

Utilizing a police database that included identification photographs investigators confirmed Mackereth was the same person observed not only at the Union Station bus terminal, but also in the Pottsville Republican video and M&T Bank video footage.

A criminal complaint was prepared by Det. Kirk Becker charging Mackereth with Felony Robbery, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, and Persistent Disorderly Conduct.   

At approximately 6:15pm, on Thursday, Shenandoah Police located Mackereth at 120 N. Ferguson St, apt 3, and took him into custody without incident. 

Mackereth was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Reiley who set bail at $100,000 cash and Mackereth was then remanded to the Schuylkill County Prison.     

Wojiechowsky said "The Pottsville Bureau of Police is grateful for the fantastic cooperation we received from the area businesses and general public that contributed greatly to the quickness in which we were able to identify, locate and arrest Mackereth."

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