Two Arrested for Bank Robbery in Luzerne County

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AVOCA — A pair of thieves are under arrest after a bank heist in Luzerne County, police say.

Police say Douglas Sicker, 36 of Hanover Township, and Shawn Cavanaugh, 35 of Wilkes-Barre, robbed the PNC on Main Street in Avoca on Wednesday.

They showed guns to the tellers, got some cash and took off.

They were picked up early Thursday morning.


Original Story — Police are looking for two men who robbed a bank in Luzerne County.

Officers said the two walked into PNC Bank along Main Street in Avoca just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. They both had handguns and demanded money from the tellers.

Investigators did not say how much money they got away with.

They took off in a black four-door Chevrolet.

The men are described as white males, both believed to have tattoos on both hands as well as some tattoos on their fingers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Avoca Police Department at 570-457-4011.


  • RicU.

    I see you were commenting on the updated edition. That the suspect was apprehended proves the adage criminals are lazy and don’t plan after the crime. The suspects were known is a late development. I see a lot of cops to read these blogs. However, the “bad guys” already know the information.

    As the pictures of the subjects were not posted at the time of my post still underscores the need for more local police.

  • RicU.

    It is a professional robber. At 1545 (3:45 PM) there would have been a minimum of traffic inside the bank. Further, this might have been at the drive-up. It is no surprise we are not being given any information. Further, with State Police spread over HUGE areas, getting an adequate and quick response would be near impossible.

    This is what happens when townships don’t have their own police coverage. The State Police might be able to respond in 30-45 minutes, probably longer as it was shift changeover. That money is GONE. This is an insurance claim.

    • And Further More

      Thank you, Professor Kojak. I guess that Avoca police cruiser in the video doesn’t count as law enforcement. And what about this case defines the perps as “professionals”? Was it the tatoos that gave them away? Any “further” speculation or have you taken further far enough?

    • Got Them!

      They’ve been apprehended and whatever crime shows you’ve been watching to come up with your theories you might want to change channels!

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