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2 arrested in Northampton County bank robbery

Published On: Feb 26 2014 12:04:21 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 28 2014 08:31:33 AM CST

Wells Fargo Bank robbed

PALMER TWP., Pa. -

Two people are in custody following a bank robbery in Northampton County.

The robbery happened around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon at the Wells Fargo at 3840 Freemansburg Avenue in Palmer Township.

Police say two people were taken into custody on a street corner not far from the bank.

Police were on the lookout for a green sedan with a male driver, and a male and female riders and the car had fled south on Stones Crossing Road.

An investigation showed that the male suspect gave the teller a handwritten note asking for money from the top drawer, in three different denominations.

No weapons were displayed, police said, and the robber left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

While investigators were on the scene, about an hour later, a resident near the bank called to report two suspicious people - a man and a woman - standing on the corner of Fleetwood Drive and Stones Crossing Road.

The two were taken into custody, as the man - identified as 23-year-old Joseph Misero of 612 Center St., Ashland,Schuylkill Co. -matched the description of the robber, police said.

While in custody, police said Misero admitted he committed the robbery. Officers also found the handwritten note and some of the cash from the bank when they searched Misero.

The woman was identified as 31-year-old Beth Marsteller,  1236  Washington St, Easton.

Police said before Wednesday's incident, both Misero and Marsteller were involved in stealing money from the back room of the A-Plus Sunoco mini mart on Freemansburg Ave. in Palmer Twp. earlier this month.

Palmer Twp. police had active arrest warrants out for the two in connection with the A-Plus thefts.

Misero was charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, terroristic threates, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and related charges.

Martseller faces charges of criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (heroin).

Police said the unidentified driver of the green car, as well as Marsteller, were not involved and had no knowledge of the actual bank robbery.

Both Misero and Marsteller were taken to the Northampton County Prison.

Marsteller is being held on $50,000 bail, Her preliminary hearing is set for March 7.

Misero;s bail was set at $500,000 and his preliminary hearing is also set for March 7.