On November 5, 2019 at approximately 1:00pm, Lancaster Police Department officers responded to a bank robbery alarm at People’s Bank, 505 East Main Street, Lancaster.
Officers arrived on scene and were informed by bank personnel of the robbery. Upon initial investigation, officers learned a male white subject wearing a black and gray hooded coat demanded money from the employees. An undetermined amount of currency was taken from bank employees as a result of the suspect’s demand(s).
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Lancaster Police Department detectives responded to the scene and conducted interviews of additional victims and witnesses. Detectives were able to gather enough credible information to identify the suspect and began a search of the area within hours.
At approximately 7:15pm, on the same day, detectives located James Arthur Bertoch III at a local business and placed him under arrest for the robbery of People’s Bank. Bertoch was taken to the Lancaster Police Department for follow-up investigation, processing, and subsequent transport to the Fairfield County Jail.