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Man arrested in SC after skipping bail in 2008 bank robbery case

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 14 2014 08:59:45 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 14 2014 10:57:10 AM CDT
Gregory Edward Wagner

U.S. Marshals have arrested a man who's been on the lam for several years, wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Monroe County in 2008.

Wagner was sought on an arrest warrant dated Jan. 8, 2009, signed by Magisterial District Judge Richard Claypool in Pocono Pines.

U.S. Marshals were contacted by South Carolina officials on March 10, 2014, with a tip about Edwards' whereabouts, then confirmed his identity.

He was arrested on March 11 without incident at his workplace in Lexington Co., S.C., on a charge of failure to appear in court for the underlying charge of bank robbery.

During the late morning on Dec. 30, 2008, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department was notified that the Citizen’s Bank in Tobyhanna Twp., Monroe Co., had been robbed.

Their investigation revealed a middle-aged white man entered the bank inside Ahart’s Supermarket in the Blakeslee Plaza shortly before 11 a.m.

The suspect sprayed lighter fluid on the bank counter, as well as the area near and around the bank teller. The suspect had one hand in his pocket and allegedly threatened to ignite the fluid.

The robber made demands to the teller about filling a bag with money. The teller complied and the suspect fled the scene.

As a result of the police department's  investigation,  Wagner was charged with:

• 3 counts of robbery
• 1 count of theft by unlawful taking
• 1 count of receiving stolen property
• 1 count of recklessly endangering another person

In January 2009, investigators determined Wagner had been living in Drums, Butler Township, and Luzerne County prior to the bank robbery. Shortly after the robbery, Wagner fled the Drums area. His whereabouts were unknown.

On Feb. 24, 2010, Pocono Mountain police requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend Wagner. This fugitive case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshals based in Scranton, working with Pocono Mountain Regional Police, conducted interviews and reviewed all existing information. Leads were developed on Wagner’s possible whereabouts outside Pennsylvania.

In early March, an investigative lead was sent to U.S. Marshals in Florence, S.C.

That led to the focus of the fugitive investigation changing to the greater Charlotte area in North Carolina.

U.S. Marshals determined Wagner and a female companion had been living at an Extended Stay America hotel in Charlotte since March 2009.

Marshals also determined Wagner and the female had recently moved into a house in the 11000 block of April Day Lane in Charlotte.

At around noon on March 19, 2009, U.S. Marshals in Charlotte arrested Wagner in the drive-thru of a McDonald’s Restaurant on Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte.

Wagner was the driver of an SUV occupied by four other individuals. This included his female companion, the female’s daughter, and two infant children in car seats.

Wagner did not resist arrest. When taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, the fugitive identified himself as Greg Wagner.

Wagner, 54 years of age, was turned over to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for processing as a fugitive from justice.

He was committed to the Mecklenburg County Prison, pending a court appearance and any further hearings relating to his extradition to Monroe County.

After posting bail, Wagner disappeared and was only relocated on Monday after being on the lam for nearly four years.