BLOOMFIELD (KDKA) – A man wanted in connection with three recent bank robberies has been arrested in Bloomfield.

According to police, Dennis Schell, 53, of Allison Park, was arrested just before noon on Monday at a home in the 700-block of Edmond Street.

Schell is accused in three bank robberies. Police say he had just gotten out of jail after serving time for other holdups.

“I don’t fit into society,” Schell told KDKA’s Bob Allen as he was escorted out of police headquarters.

Bob Allen: “You don’t fit into society so you wanted to get caught?”

Schell: “Yeah.”

Police say Schell robbed the First Commonwealth Bank in Bloomfield last Tuesday, Citizens Bank at the Waterworks Mall on Saturday and robbed First Commonwealth Bank in Bloomfield again on Monday.

In all three robberies, Schell allegedly demanded cash from a teller and made a verbal threat about having a gun. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash in each robbery.

On Monday, a security guard followed Schell out of the bank. The guard watched as Schell walked to the home on Edmond Street and called police.

“We went to the front door, knocked, announced our presence, told him we had a warrant for him, we knew who he was,” Pittsburgh Police Commander Timothy O’Connor said. “He came outside with the money bag.”

Bob Allen: “So you want to go to prison?”


Schell is facing three counts of robbery and is now in the Allegheny County Jail.

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