HIS TAKE FROM THE BANK ROBBERY? A WHOPPING $ 1,010
An Erie man who was "sick of being poor" took a bus to Meadville, where he robbed a bank Tuesday afternoon, the FBI said. He rode home in a taxi.
Cameron S. Minniefield was arrested Tuesday night at the Intermodal Transportation Center, 208 E. Bayfront Parkway. Authorities said he was trying to board an 8:50 p.m. bus to Cleveland.
Minniefield, 23, of 516 Raspberry St., admitted to the robbery, the FBI said. He told investigators that he entered the First National Bank at 837 Park Ave. at 1:13 p.m. with a blue scarf over his nose and mouth. He told a teller to give him money, police said. He did not show a gun.
He left with $1,010.
At the time, prosecutors said, Minniefield was on probation for another bank robbery: He spent more than three years in federal prison for a 2006 holdup at a National City Bank in Erie.
He walked into that bank wearing a stocking cap and a black mask, according to court records. He did not show a weapon.
Minniefield was arraigned on the new charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Paradise Baxter. He is being held without bail at the Erie County Prison.
Baxter scheduled a preliminary hearing on the matter for Feb. 10. A public defender has been assigned to the case.
Meadville police said witnesses saw Minniefield at the Meadville Public Library, 848 N. Main St., before the robbery. He was sitting at a window, watching the bank, police said.
Minniefield returned to the library after the robbery, police said. He went into a bathroom and discarded his clothes -- a hooded sweatshirt, dark coveralls and brown gloves -- and met the taxi he had called before the robbery, police said.
When Meadville police learned that he had traveled by bus on Tuesday, other officers checked the Greyhound station at the Intermodal Center. They learned that Minniefield already had bought a one-way ticket to Cleveland, according to court records.
Erie police and FBI agents were waiting when he arrived.