Monday, December 22, 2014

Cops, FBI searching for serial bank robber

Police and the FBI suspect that the same man robbed at least four banks in Philadelphia between Nov. 29 and Monday afternoon, and are asking for help from the public to identify and arrest him.

Cops, FBI searching for serial bank robber

Police and the FBI suspect that the same man robbed at least four banks in Philadelphia between Nov. 29 and Monday afternoon, and are asking for help from the public to identify and arrest him.

At 12:33 Monday afternoon, the man walked into a Citizens Bank branch on Frankford Avenue near Aldine in Holmesburg, and presented a threatening demand note to a teller, police said.

The teller handed the man and undisclosed amount of cash, and police said he may have fled the scene north on Frankford Avenue in an older cream Mazda sedan with another man.

Cops said they believe the man also robbed a Firsttrust Bank on Frankford Avenue near Tudor Street Dec. 14. The bank is only about a block away from the Citizens Bank branch that was robbed a few days earlier.

Police said the same suspect may have also robbed a PNC Bank branch on Frankford Avenue near Longshore in Mayfair on Dec. 7, and a Wells Fargo Bank on 2nd Street near Delancey in Society Hill on Nov. 29.

In each robbery, police said the suspect was described as a white man in his 20s, who is between 5-foot-7 and 5-feet-9 inches tall, has a medium build, brown hair and a scruffy beard.

Tipsters are asked to call 215-686-TIPS or submit an anonymous tip online.

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