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SCRANTON — Federal authorities say they’ve captured the man who was allegedly attempting to rob several banks and one grocery store by phoning in bomb threats.

The man from Scranton is charged with four incidents so far.

FBI investigators say Frank McBride, 27,of Scranton is the man who called in a bomb threat to the Gerrity’s supermarket on Meadow Avenue in Scranton last month.

FBI agents took McBride into custody Friday.

He was arraigned at federal court in Wilkes-Barre on bank robbery and threats charges.

In 2007 McBride pleaded guilty to impersonating at state trooper.

Investigators say on July 7, McBride called the Gerrity’s threatening to blow up the place if the manager didn’t give him money.

Then the next day authorities say McBride made a similar threat to the NBT Bank in Mayfield, the Citizens Saving Bank in Scranton, and a PNC Bank in Throop.

FBI agents have not said if McBride is also responsible for calling in more bomb threats in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties on July 30, but they did say that McBride could face additional charges when he is back in court on August 18.


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