ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A man is behind bars in Westmoreland County after state police say he tried to rob another man at an ATM machine over the weekend, disguised in a motorcycle helmet and using BB guns.
State police identified the suspect as John Waller III.
The attempted robbery happened just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the PNC Bank in the Tri County Plaza in Rostraver Township.
The victim was standing at the ATM, taking out money.
“There was an individual withdrawing money from that bank at the time,” said Chief Greg Resetar, of Rostraver Police. “They observed Mr. Waller approaching them, as he got closer he began toward them.”
In his waistband, state police say Waller was carrying what looked like two genuine Glock pistols, but were later found to be BB guns.
“The individual [victim at the ATM], feeling threatened, decided to confront the individual [suspect],” said Chief Resetar.
That apparently surprised Waller who turned and ran from the scene.
The person at the ATM was not hurt, and police were notified.
When they arrived at the scene, it didn’t take officers long to track down the suspect. State police say Waller was still in the shopping plaza and was wearing the disguise the victim described to police.
“He had a motorcycle helmet on,” said Chief Resetar.
But the getaway vehicle wasn’t a motorcycle.
“He was driving a Ford pickup truck,” Chief Resetar added.
The truck was discovered behind a pizza shop in the plaza.
State police say Waller was also in possession of drugs when he was taken into custody. Investigators found two bottles of steroids and a syringe, along with Oxymorphone Hydrocholride and other drugs.
Waller was charged with numerous crimes, including attempted armed robbery. He remains in the Westmoreland County Jail on $25,000 straight cash bond.