Lake Ariel Bank Robber Sentenced

August 23, 2018

A Lake Ariel man who robbed a bank and stole a teller’s SUV in March was sentenced in Wayne County Court today to 4½ to 15 years in state prison. Aaron R. Gould, 39, also must pay $16,497.15 in restitution for robbing the NBT Bank on Lake Ariel Highway in Lake Twp. on Feb. 12, Wayne County Senior Judge Raymond L. Hamill ruled. Police said Gould brandished a pellet rifle to rob the bank, then stole the teller’s Toyota RAV 4 to get away. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Gould was arrested March 10, in Kingston after borough police noticed an unconscious man in an SUV and later identified him as Gould. Police also found bags of heroin, hypodermic needles and a 9 mm bullet. For the bank robbery, Gould was charged with two felony robbery counts, three felony terroristic threats counts, three felony theft by unlawful taking counts and seven misdemeanors, including simple assault and reckless endangerment. In June, Gould accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to one felony robbery count, according to the Wayne County district attorney’s office. His other charges were dropped as part of his plea deal. Kingston police also charged him in March with receiving stolen property and drug charges but he was not prosecuted on those charges following his June plea deal.

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