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Pair busted in Maryland suspected in Northampton County holdups

Heath Derizzo, Dale Mentzer arrested after bank heist in West Ocean City

Suspects in multiple bank robberies in Pa. nabbed in Md.

WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. - Two men arrested in Maryland are believed by police to be behind a pair of robberies in Northampton County last week.

Heath Derizzo, 36, of Harrisburg, and Dale Mentzer, 35, of Newmanstown, Lebanon Co., were arrested Wednesday night by police in the area of Salisbury, Md., after the robbery of a PNC Bank in West Ocean City earlier in the day.

Mentzer pointied a gun at a female employee of Cihylik Farms & Greenhouse in Allen Twp., Northampton Co., last Fri., July 19, according to court documents.

Mentzer, police said, ordered the woman to take off her clothes before he fled with money and personal items from the employee's car.

The National Penn Bank in nearby Northampton was robbed around the same time.

Both men were committed to the Wicomico County Detention Center on charges in the Maryland bank robbery as well as for outstanding warrants in Pennsylvania, police said.

Police in Pennsylvania said both men were involved in the following robberies in Pennsylvania:

  • Sovereign Bank in Kutztown, Berks Co., on July 11;
  • Northwest Savings Bank in Myerstown, Lebanon Co., on July 16;
  • First CornerStone Bank in East Pikeland Twp., Chester Co., on July 18;
  • Cihylik Farms & Greenhouse in Allen Twp., Northampton Co., on July 19;
  • National Penn Bank in Northampton, Northampton Co., on July 19.

Officers executed warrants to search both the motel room where the men were staying and the vehicle they were driving in Maryland, but they did not say what evidence, if any, they found.

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