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Erie Man Arrested For Credit Union Robberies

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Erie police clear two recent bank robberies, after the arrest of an Erie man Wednesday morning.
He told police he robbed the credit unions, to support his heroin addiction.

There have been more than a dozen robberies at local banks and credit unions this year in our area.
Police though have made arrests in a majority of them.

Wednesday afternoon, 30-year old Angel Lebron was arraigned on several charges, connected to two recent credit union robberies.

After getting a tip, officers arrested him at a Summit township motel at around 4:00 Wednesday morning.
And with his arrest, Erie police have cleared two recent credit union robberies.

Police had been looking for Lebron in connection with the Erie Federal Credit Union hold-up on Buffalo road.
That happened last Friday night at around 5:00.
Police say they found and used the getaway car to help identify Lebron as their suspect.

And, Lebron matched the description for a holdup the Erie Federal Credit Union on Greengarden road and the Bayfront back on June 13th.
Detectives say on Wednesday, he confessed to that hold-up.
In that case, police say Lebron got away with $16,000s after pointing a fake gun at tellers.

Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers says with a string of bank and credit union robberies this year, detectives have done a good job of following up on leads and making arrests, "All but one of them have been solved this year. We've had 8, and made arrests in 7 of them, and almost every one of them is the same motive," Chief Bowers added.
And that motive is heroin. Chief Bowers says the suspects are so desperate for cash to buy heroin that they result in robbing banks. He says Lebron admitted that same motive to Erie detectives, "During the interview we learned that he is a heroin addict. So his motive was money so that he could supply his habit," Chief Bowers said.

Chief Bowers credits a lot of these bank robbery arrests to good police work, "It's very good work on the part of our detectives and patrol, everybody working together," Bowers said. "You can say it's just another bank robbery and we have a lot of them, but in both of these cases and in every one, it's the extra initiative that the detectives showed to continue to pursue even small leads," Chief Bowers added.
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