UPDATE | Bank robbers arrested in Plains Twp. confess to more crimes

Robbery suspect Derek Lee Spaide stares out the window of a Plains Township police cruiser following his arraignment Wednesday night. - Roger DuPuis | Times Leader

UPDATE: Investigators say Gerald Pambianco and Derek Spaide confessed to two burglaries when in custody after holding up a bank and being chased by the police, according to our news-gathering partners at the Times Leader.

Spaide, 26, of Hanover Township, and Pambianco, 29, of Plains Township, said they robbed two houses on Wednesday before they headed to the Luzerne Bank.

The two told police that they decided to rob the bank after not finding cash at the two residences they stole from.

Pambianco covered the license plate on the Honda Accord and the men exchanged shoes to conceal their identities.

The affidavit shows that the rifle used in the heist was stolen from one of the home burglaries.

Pambianco is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, person not to possess firearms and receiving stolen property, all felonies.

Spaide also faces numerous felony charges including robbery, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, person not to possess firearms and receiving stolen property.

Both have past arrests involving theft and drug charges, according to court documents.

Spaide and Pambianco are at the Luzerne County Correction Facility with $250,000 set bail.


ORIGINAL STORY: Two men who allegedly held up the Luzerne Bank Wednesday afternoon were arrested, according to our news gathering partners at the Times Leader.

Township police responded to the bank on State Route 315 just after 1 p.m. for a robbery.

One of the men reportedly had a shotgun or a rifle.

Police were told that the suspects fled in a Honda Accord that had its license plate covered.

Troopers say they spotted the car traveling north on I-81 in the Laflin/Pittston Township area only 7 minutes after the reported robbery.

Authorities pursued the vehicle, which exited the interstate at Avoca, forcing the driver onto a roundabout near the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

Police say then the driver turned onto I-81 southbound, heading onto the North Cross Valley Expressway where a trooper forced the Honda into a concrete barrier, about a mile away from the bank.

Law enforcement found the two suspects after they attempted to escape into a wooded area.

A firearm was reported to be found in the Honda.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off