A Cherry Tree man is in the Indiana County Jail after his arrest for robbing a local bank on July 2nd. 50-year-old Thomas Leon Davis is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and receiving stolen property for the holdup at the First Commonwealth Bank. An arrest warrant had been issued last month and he was taken into custody on Wednesday.
State police used surveillance footage from the bank and from three cameras at the Cherry Tree fire company. Davis is accused of showing a gun to the bank teller and demanding money. He grabbed $1,050 from the counter and ran out of the bank onto Cherry Street. The fire company videos show him heading toward the bank before the robbery and running away from it about twenty minutes later.
Davis claimed he went to the local post office to get his mail but forgot his mailbox key so he went back, but he changed his story on what route he took on the return trip, saying three times he simply retraced his original path, but then saying he passed by the fire hall on this way back to his home on Clarion Road. Before being interviewed, he surrendered two camouflage jackets and a search warrant turned up six camo hats that could fit the description of what the robber was wearing. The day after the robbery, police found a camo jacket and a bandana nearby in some woods off High Street in Cherry Tree.
District Judge Jennifer Rega ordered Davis held at the county jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.