Gamblin' bank robber strikes again

Joseph Baer likes to gamble.
He’s been rolling the dice quite a bit lately, but it’s only a matter of time before his luck runs out, authorities say.
Baer, 39, robbed a Northeast Philadelphia Citizens Bank today, the third heist he’s pulled since escaping from a federal halfway house on April 13, the FBI said.
Investigators believe that Baer, a known gambler, has been taking the loot and heading straight for casinos in Chester or Atlantic City, said Special Agent Bastian Freund, a bank-robbery coordinator for the FBI’s Philadelphia division.
“He’s an addict like anybody else,” Freund said. “His addiction isn’t drugs or alcohol. It’s gambling.”
Seeking to bring an end to Baer’s casino days, the feds announced today that there was a $1,500 reward for information that leads to his arrest.
The reward is being provided by the U.S. Marshals Office. Freund noted that other reward money could be offered by the FBI to the person who calls in the winning tip.
Freund said Baer has likely been relying on public transportation to get to and from his bank heists.
Yesterday, he allegedly struck at the Citizen’s Bank on Cottman Avenue near Large Street. Last week, he was accused by the FBI of robbing a PNC Bank in the Northeast, and a TruMark Bank in Center City.
In each heist, Baer, a 5-foot-10 white man with brown eyes and salt-and-pepper hair, made no effort to hide his face, the FBI said. Thus far, he’s been filmed wearing a Donovan McNabb Eagles jersey, and T-shirts bearing pictures of John Lennon and Iron Man, Freund said.
“He’s one of those guys who’s so used to the prison system, he’s probably ready to go back,” he said. “We just have to catch him.”