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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Scranton police connect bank robberies and home invasion

 In just the last week there have been three robberies at banks and credit unions in Lackawanna County and now investigators believe they could be connected.
The latest crime happened just after 11:00 AM Tuesday.
Scranton police have released several surveillance images of the man who robbed the NET Credit Union in the 100-block of Mulberry Street in downtown Scranton.
Based off those surveillance pictures, Scranton police believe the suspected robber is Scott Kobesky.
Investigators also think the 46-year-old stole a car during a home invasion Monday night and may have robbed a different bank in Scranton on Friday.
He could also be behind a bank robbery exactly one week ago in Dunmore.
As Scranton police put up crime scene tape outside the NET Credit Union Tuesday morning, many people were surprised at everything that has taken place recently.
"Just get a job! Don't take other people's money and the fact that it's the third bank is awful!" Nicole Novak of Scranton said.
Investigators were already looking for Scott Kobesky before Tuesday morning in connection with a robbery at the Fidelity Bank on Green Ridge Street around 6:00 PM Friday night.
Then on Christmas night, detectives say Kobesky may have stolen a 2007 white Nissan Altima after a home invasion and assault at a home in the Green Ridge section of the city.
Dunmore police are also looking at Kobesky as a person of interest for a robbery last Tuesday at the First National Community Bank on Wheeler Avenue.
"It's supposed to be a happy, merry, happy time and something like this is happening and this guy is just escalating!" Novak said.
Jason Morrison was across the street from the credit union Tuesday as the robbery took place.
Police believe Kobesky used the car he stole from a city home Monday night as his getaway vehicle and Morrison might have seen it moments before.
"We did see a white Nissan come through, drive through, but I'm not sure who was driving," Jason Morrison said.
Morrison and his friend Karen Cook worry that based on the possibility of committing four separate violent crimes in the same week, Kobesky might be getting more dangerous and desperate if he's the man involved in all four incidents.
"It's very scary. Go lock yourself in your house!" Karen Cook of Scranton.
Another surveillance image released by Scranton police Tuesday shows the stolen vehicle directly outside the NET Credit Union. It has a Pennsylvania license plate with the registration HRG-0274.
Anyone with information on the vehicle or Scott Kobesky is urged to call 911 immediately.

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