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Tips and a woman's confession led to bank robbery arrests

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Zachary Wailes (left) and Tyler Mattingly

At least two people identified the man accused of robbing a Scranton bank last week based on surveillance video images, and a woman claimed she unknowingly aided the robbery at the man's request, according to court records.

Zachary Michael Anderson Wailes, 26, of Fort Dodge, and Tyler Scott Mattingly, 26, of Carroll, have been arrested for the robbery of Peoples Bank last week. They each face two felony charges, one of which is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Wailes is accused of robbing the bank, and Mattingly is accused of helping plan it, court records show.

Wailes allegedly went into the bank about 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 25 with what appeared to be a handgun, took a total of about $20,000 from three bank tellers and fled. Later that day, investigators disseminated images of the robber from the bank's video surveillance system, and two different people identified him as Wailes.

In the meantime, Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams compared the surveillance recordings with those of another robbery of a convenience store that Wailes was suspected of committing in 2019, and it appeared to be the same person.

The day after the robbery, a woman who had been arrested for an unrelated crime told investigators she made a false report of a crash in southern Greene County just before the robbery as an apparent diversion, court records show. She said Wailes and Mattingly asked her to make the call but that she didn't know it was part of a robbery scheme at the time.

Wailes was arrested a day later, and investigators who examined his cellphone found messages he exchanged with Mattingly that discussed a getaway vehicle and how to destroy cellphone evidence. Mattingly was arrested Wednesday.

Sheriff Williams said it's possible that more criminal charges are forthcoming, but he declined to elaborate.

Both men are felons who have been arrested numerous times for burglaries, thefts and drug possession.

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