Robber holds up police and fire credit union and gets away

In what may be a first in monumental moments of criminal stupidity in Philadelphia history, a robber held up the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union this afternoon in Rhawnhurst - and got away with it, police said.

"That's amazing. I wouldn't mind going to Atlantic City with that guy and gambling for a bit," said John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. "He's probably one of the luckiest guys in the city right now."

Especially, McNesby said, since at any point during any day, the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union branches are typically filled with police officers.  

"They'll get this guy," McNesby said. "Obviously, he's not a brain surgeon."

Police said the robber entered the credit union branch on Castor Avenue near Shelmire around 12:41 p.m. and presented a demand note to a teller. The teller remained calm and put about $2,500 in a bag, according to the credit union and police.

The robber left the credit union and fled north on Castor Avenue on foot, according to police. He is described as a white man in his late 20s with a medium build, blond goatee, blue eyes and a black hat, sweatshirt and dark pants, police said. He was also wearing cream-colored gloves with red fingertips during the robbery, police said.

"If he's not in church lighting a candle right now and thanking God, he should be," McNesby said.

The credit union branch remains closed today, while authorities investigate, according to a statement on the credit union's website.

Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call the police department's tip line at 215-685-8477