Bank Robber Sentenced: Conestoga Man Faces 15-30 Years in Prison for Lancaster County Heists

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LANCASTER, PA — A Conestoga man who robbed three Lancaster County banks was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison Wednesday.

Collin Shaab, 31 of the first block of Goods Road, was sentenced by Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker after he pleaded guilty in Dec. to three different dockets of demanding money from bank tellers and claiming he had a bomb – which forced the banks to be evacuated – at Fulton Banks in West Lampeter Township and Lancaster city and a PNC Bank in Manheim Township.

Shaab was charged with a combination of robbery, terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking, and threats to use weapons of mass destruction and arrested on March 19, 2022, after police identified him as a suspect through surveillance footage and an anonymous tip.

The West Lampeter Township robbery occurred on March 14, when Shaab stole approximately $1,180. The Manheim Township robbery occurred two days later and Shaab drove away before receiving any money. The Lancaster city robbery occurred the next day with Shaab stealing $9,744.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Ponessa said during the proceeding that Shaab had previously been incarcerated on a previous robbery charge.

“He already spent nearly 10 years in prison, and it did nothing to stop his criminal activity,” Ponessa said. “He got out and a couple months later he commits three separate bank robberies.”

Ponessa asked for a minimum 15-year sentence; defense asked for the required 10-year minimum and noted the defendant is dealing with a drug problem.

West Lampeter Township Corporal Philip Strosser, Manheim Township Police Officer Jonathan Martin, and Lancaster City Officer Adam Dommel filed charges in their respective jurisdictions.

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