VALLEY VIEW – Someone was looking for the green or a pot of gold, but obviously not the legal way.
On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at approximately 10 a.m. someone attempted to rob the Valley View branch of the Gratz Bank, 1625 West Main Street, just two months after an armed robbery that took place there on January 14.
According to Schuylkill Haven State Police, an unknown person attempted to gain entry into the Gratz Bank via a side door. It was undetermined if the person was
male or female.
Police say the person was wear-
ing yellow gloves and a gray hood- ed sweatshirt with the hood up and covering the face. After an unsuccessful attempt to open the locked door, the person fled the scene on foot, ran behind several houses and entered a silver/gray Pontiac G6 sedan driven by a man.
The vehicle fled westbound on Main Street, Valley View and was seen a short time later on Fearnot Road, Hubley Township, traveling westbound.
Gratz Bank President and CEO Wesley Weymers credits the staff at the Valley View branch for pre- venting the latest attempted robbery. The bank lobby remained closed to the public last Thursday, but the drive-thru was operating.
“After the robbery two months ago the board of directors and I met with the staff to discuss the sit- uation and determine what could be done to pre- vent this from happening again,” said Weymers.
Since that meeting, the side door is no longer accessible to customers. The door is locked at all times. The board also decided to take the initia- tive and remove the Arbor- vitae that were planted on the east and west side of the building.
“It paid off to listen to our staff and to follow the board’s decision to remove the shrubs,” said Wey- mers. “We are grateful that no one was injured and the robbery was avoid- ed.”
As a precautionary Hegins-Hubley Elementa- ry School was on lock- down Thursday morning after they were notified that an attempted bank robber was on the loose. The children were kept inside for recess.
Gratz Bank was the vic- tim of an armed robbery that took place between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Jan. 14. Police are still looking for the two suspects involved.
The suspects in the Jan- uary robbery are in their late 20s or early 30’s. One suspect was described at being around 5’9” with a slender build. One was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and gloves. The second man was about the same height and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
According to Hegins Township Police Chief Steve Lohr, there are no leads from the robbery that also occurred Novem- ber 17, at BBT Bank, locat- ed on West Main Street, Valley View.
Anyone with informa- tion regarding the inci- dent on March 17 or any of the previous bank inci- dents should contact state police at 570-739-1330.