WAYNE COUNTY—Accused bank robber Aaron Gould, 40, of Lake Ariel, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Bonnie Carney Thursday morning for an armed theft which took place at NBT Bank in Lake Ariel on the afternoon of February 12.
He is being held on half a million dollars bail and awaiting appearance in Wayne County Central Court on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 for five felony-grade offenses including two robbery charges, two thefts by unlawful taking and one count of terroristic threats.
Further related charges include possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault and reckless endangerment, all misdemeanors.
Gould also faces several drug-related charges in Luzerne County, whence he was arrested on Saturday, March 10.
In relation to the robbery charges, court papers state the defendant was seen being dropped off shortly before the incident at Wayne Auto Body, a quarter-mile southbound on Route 191 from NBT.
A man matching the defendant's description was seen exiting the vehicle with a large duffle bag on surveillance footage.
The suspect proceeded to don a tan trench coat and hat, a black scarf and gloves, and entered the bank carrying a rifle around 3:30 p.m.
There were three employees and several customers in the bank at the time.
Court papers state he demanded the tellers fill two bags with cash from the register.
He made off with over $12,000 in cash.
The suspect also demanded the keys to a grey Toyota Rav 4 parked in the lot.
The vehicle belonged to a bank employee.
According to Trooper Michael Collins' affidavit, “...the suspect informed the bank employees that he was going to leave [the employee's] vehicle on Sawmill Road.”
He did not.
A report from Kingston Police states they found Gould unconscious in the stolen vehicle on Carle Street, surrounded by two hypodermic needles and “...multiple wax baggies consistent with the packaging of heroin.”
Gould was also in possession of several bags of suspected heroin.
Police also found a 9mm bullet in the console.
The defendant told police his name was Aaron Overstreet, but when he couldn't produce proper identification, they brought him to the station for fingerprinting.
They discovered his connection to the robbery upon doing so.
Court papers state Gould became a suspect in the robbery on February 13, just before 8 p.m. when his parents, Bruce and Eugenia Gould, entered the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Honesdale barracks and “...related that they believe the bank robber is their son.”
They noted the coat, hat, scarf and gloves were items from their house.
Additionally, Bruce “...related that he recognized the eyes of the suspect as well.”
“Mr. Gould related that the suspect's gun looked like the pellet gun his son Aaron bought for one of his sons,” court papers state.
Bruce Gould found that gun to be missing from its box, which they turned over to PSP along with the gloves.
“Mr. and Mrs. Gould related that they just came home from a vacation and have not seen or spoken to Aaron since the end of January.”
The Subaru Impreza was later identified as belonging to Eileen Hawley, Bruce and Eugenia Gould's neighbor.
Hawley told PSP she had given Aaron a ride to Wayne Auto Body “...to pick up his car.”
She also noted the defendant carried a duffle bag large enough to conceal a rifle which he placed in and later retrieved from her back seat.
Court papers state, “...she told Aaron that she would wait to make sure his vehicle was done. Hawley related that Aaron told her not to wait and thanked her for the ride.”