Man arrested in New Castle bank robberies

Bank robbery

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WYTV) – A man already on probation for a 2009 armed robbery is behind bars after police say he robbed a bank on Tuesday.

Calvin Smith, 43, was arrested in the Riverplex area of New Castle shortly after the First Commonwealth Bank on East Washington Street was robbed. Police said Smith was a person of interest in the Nov. 5 armed robbery of Huntington Bank on East Washington Street.

As officers approached Smith on Tuesday, he threw a bag of money over a rail toward the river, but the bag landed on the river bank. Officers found the bag, which contained money stolen from the bank, police said.

During an interrogation, police said Davis confessed to both the Nov. 5 robbery at Huntington Bank and Tuesday’s robbery at First Commonwealth. He is being charged with two counts each of robbery, theft and receiving stolen property.

In 2007, Smith was charged with holding up the same bank, but was acquitted at trial. He was recently released from prison after serving a five-year sentence for a knife point robbery of a pizza shop, according to New Castle Police Chief Robert Salem.

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