YOUNGWOOD (KDKA) — State police used a suspect’s handwriting to crack a more than three-year-old bank robbery case.
Scott Geckle is facing charges of robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and simple assault.
Police say on Nov. 27, 2007, Geckle entered the First Commonwealth Bank in Youngwood and passed a teller a note that read: “Nobody will get hurt if you give me 100′s and 50′s now!!” The teller gave Geckle the money and he took off, leaving the note behind.
Police first identified Geckle as a suspect after finding his fingerprints on the note, but they didn’t have enough evidence to file charges until this week when a handwriting expert compared samples of Geckle’s handwriting to the handwriting on the note used in the robbery.
Geckle is currently in the Lancaster county prison on $500,000 bond for a similar robbery earlier this year. According to a criminal complaint, Geckle went into a Susquehanna Bank in Lancaster County on Aug.11, showed a gun and demanded that a teller “give (him) all your money- 50′s and 100′s.” He’s scheduled to be back in a Lancaster County courtroom on Jan. 25 for that charge.
Geckle is also facing burglary charges in Westmoreland County after police say he removed a window air conditioner from an apartment on Eicher Ave. in Greensburg back in October of 2007 and stole a gun and jar of money from inside.
According to Geckle’s Facebook page, he has a four-year-old daughter.