Suspect in Jersey Shore bank robbery — on probation for other crimes — arrested

JERSEY SHORE — A former Eden Street man was taken into custody Tuesday night in Gamble Township on charges stemming from last week’s armed holdup at the Santander Bank on Allegheny Street, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police.

Bryan N. Giacomi, 27, was found by members of the U.S. Marshals Office hiding underneath his mother’s mobile home at 1750 Southard Road, Trout Run, police said.

Armed with a handgun, he is alleged to have robbed a clerk at the bank, 222 Allegheny St., of $840 just after 4 p.m. on Friday, police said.

Shortly after the robbery, police obtained a photo of the suspect taken from a video of the holdup. The photo was distributed to media outlets and others as well as placed on the police department’s Facebook page.

Police believe that minutes before the holdup, the same man was inside the Jersey Shore State Bank at 115 S. Main St., just two blocks from Santander Bank, Sgt. Brian Fioretti said in an affidavit.

Seeing the photo of the suspect, Jersey Shore Bank officials notified police and reported that a man matching the same description came into their bank and talked with a teller about opening a checking account, Fioretti said.

“The man was fidgety,” Fioretti said investigators were told. “The man asked if the bank was open the next day and then left,” the officer said.

Another break in the case came three hours after the holdup when police received a call from an employee at the M&T Bank on West Fourth Street in Williamsport’s Newberry neighborhood.

The employee said that a man matching the description of the robber had walked into M&T Bank about 1:30 p.m. the same day, wearing “a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled so tight that one could only see (a pair of) sunglasses (that the man was wearing).” The man also was wearing gloves, police were told.

The employee, suspecting the bank was about to be robbed, began a conversation with the man, who said he wanted to open an account. During small talk, the employee learned that the man’s address was Eden Street. She also saw a woman’s name tattooed on the man’s left hand. The man told the employee it was the name of his girlfriend.

Police were able to determine that the man who entered the M&T Bank was Bryan Giacomi. The employee confirmed that was the name the man gave her.

Another tip confirming the man’s identity came from a woman who was “friends” with Giacomi on Facebook, Fioretti said.

Once in custody, Giacomi, already on state parole for burglary, was arraigned before District Judge William Solomon on felony charges of robbery and convicted felon not to possess a firearm as well as several misdemeanors, including theft, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering, possession of an instrument of crime and disorderly conduct.

During the proceedings, Giacomi told the judge “Forget the bail, I don’t need it. I’m on state parole. I’m not going any where.”

“Have you ever run from police,” Solomon asked Giacomi.

“Every time,” the man replied.

Giacomi, who said he has been living at his mother’s home, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $750,000 bail.