Police: Man robs McAlisterville bank

McALISTERVILLE – A 22-year-old Thompsontown man was apprehended Tuesday after he admitted to robbing a McAlisterville bank, Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown report.

Police said Brandon Lee Popp entered the McAlisterville branch of Juniata Valley Bank shortly before 3:30 p.m. and displayed what appeared to be a black handgun. Police said Popp instructed all bank employees to gather and get onto the ground in front of the counter inside the bank. Popp then gave bags to tellers at the bank and demanded they empty the contents of their cash drawers, police said.

Popp then fled north via state Route 35 in a tan Chevrolet with no license plate, police said. A few moments later, a state trooper spotted a tan Chevrolet on state Route 333. The trooper then followed the car to Benner Trailer Park where he questioned the driver, police said.

The driver, who was identified as Popp, matched the description of the alleged robber and was detained, police said. Police said Popp then admitted that he had committed the robbery, told police the money from the robbery was in his vehicle and led police to the location where he disposed of the weapon used in the robbery. The gun was actually found to be a plastic pellet gun, according to the police report.

Popp was charged with four felony counts of robbery and one felony count of theft by unlawful taking in connection with the incident. He was then arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Barbara Lyter and placed in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Police also obtained a search warrant for Popp’s vehicle, where they recovered the stolen money and some clothing items believed to have been worn during the robbery.