Schools in ‘soft lockdown’ after North East Bank robbery

(WJET/WFXP/ – A Northeast bank robbery has placed the Northeast School District in a “soft lockdown.”

The robbery took place around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at Key Bank, 27 E. Main Street in the northeast. According to North East Police Chief Sean Lam, the suspect is believed to be the same suspect who robbed the Widget Financial Credit Union last week, April 28, in the North East.

As police investigated, the Northeast School District entered a “soft lockdown” and posted an announcement on its Facebook.

“Due to a situation in the community, the police department has advised our district to be in soft lockdown. At this time, our school offices will not allow anyone to enter or exit the building. Student bus transportation may also be delayed,” the announcement read.

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An update from the district was posted around 2:30 p.m.: “The district is still in soft lockdown. Our middle school and high school will still be licensed by parent pickup only. This is a reminder to be patient as this will be a parent controlled pickup.