3 arrested in Delco bank robbery

December 19, 2012 8:29:50 PM PST
A bank robbery that started in Delaware County turned into a police pursuit that crossed state lines.

Police say they have three suspects in custody for a Delaware County bank robbery Wednesday night.

It was a manhunt that included a high-speed chase through two states, starting with a holdup in Ridley Township, criss-crossing through the city of Chester and down I-95 into Wilmington.

The FBI and Delaware State Police captured the third suspect, Barry Griffith, in Wilmington around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

Officials say the robbery in Ridley Township has become a major federal investigation believing the suspect could be responsible for several other bank robberies.

Action News was there after Delaware State police captured the man they say lead them on a high speed chase and could be part of a gang of serial bank robbers.

Ridley Township Police say around 1:30pm Barry Griffith walked into this Acme on Morton Avenue in Folsom and demanded cash.

"He told the teller to fill the bank bag up, 'Do not place any dye packs or he will start shooting,'" explained Lt. Scott Willoughby.

Investigators say Griffith jumped into a silver Hyundai with two other men and took off toward I-95, went through Chester, and jumped back on I-95 where police were waiting.

That's when officers say the suspected bank robbers lead them on a high speed chase reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

"You have no clue how dangerous it is when you're traveling in speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour, in and out of traffic, passing cars on the road, on the shoulder, on the left hand side, on the right hand side," said Lt. Willoughby.

Lt. Scott Willoughby says during the pursuit, one passenger bailed out of the car and tried to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended. He has been identified as Cam Herring of New Castle, Delaware.

Delaware State Police stopped the Hyundai near the Park and Ride on Centerville Road in Wilmington where they apprehended the driver who has been identified as Joseph Campbell from Bear, Delaware.

Police say Griffith was nowhere to be found.

They believe he committed a similar robbery at a Citizens Bank also in an Acme in Newark, Delaware on Tuesday.

Investigators say he could be tied to 3 or 4 other bank jobs in Delaware in the past few weeks.

Griffith who is from Bear, Delaware was captured in Wilmington late Wednesday night.

State troopers found a gun and money stained with dye in the getaway car.

Investigators say the first two men who were captured are cooperating.


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