A few bits of crime news, collected by Stephanie Farr, John F. Morrison and yours truly:
*A man wearing a Chicago White Sox hat robbed the Citizens Bank branch at 5th Street near Godfrey Avenue in Olney this morning. The man handed a teller a demand note and fled with an undisclosed amount of money, the FBI said. He was described as a short black man in his early 20s with a mustache and goatee. Anyone with information about his identity should call the FBI at 215-418- 4000.
*District Attorney Lynne Abraham and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced that the city’s Gun Violence Task Force will start arresting people who lie on their applications for firearms licenses. The task force, which combines police officers and assistant district attorneys, began in 2006 with funding from the state. So far the operation has made 346 arrests and seized 673 firearms.
*Nefertiti Randall, 29, was sentenced yesterday to 66 months in federal prison for an extensive identity-theft scheme. Randall, of Irving Street near 54th, West Philadelphia, used the credit- card numbers of nine people to make $20,129 in purchases. Randall, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, was ordered to pay $38,000 in restitution. Authorities said Randall plotted this scheme while she was in prison for similar offenses.