Indiana Borough police have announced the arrest of an Indiana man for last Wednesday’s robbery of the First Commonwealth Bank branch at 1164 Philadelphia Street, and he has robbed a bank before. 60-year-old Byron Bruce Ferrier was taken into custody Friday night. Police acted on tips from witnesses and their own information to bring Ferrier in for questioning at about 8:30 p.m. Friday at an establishment in the 500 block of Philadelphia Street. After an extensive interview, he was arrested and charged with robbery, theft and receiving stolen property. He was placed in the Indiana County Jail, with bond set at $75,000 cash.
In 1998, Ferrier was convicted of robbing the National Bank of the Commonwealth in Cherry Tree the previous year. His online court records show eleven arrests in Indiana County over the years, with six guilty pleas to various small crimes, plus a DUI. He’s also faced court action in at least two other counties, and he is currently awaiting a formal arraignment on charges that he found a man’s credit card in a parking lot on Maple Street last fall and rang up more than $2,200 on it. He is charged with misdemeanor theft and access device fraud.