Pair busted in Maryland suspected in Northampton County holdups

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

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Published: Jul 26 2013 01:49:57 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2013 06:48:35 PM EDT
Heath Derizzo and Dale Mentzer
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:

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.