Saturday, September 5, 2015

A fare way to rob a bank?

The really smart bank robbers might just have one thing in common - they don't commute in taxis from their heists.

A fare way to rob a bank?

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At 11:09 a.m. on Thursday, Lower Providence Township Police went to the First Niagara Bank on Egypt Road in the township's Audubon section in response to a report of a robbery in progress. Bank employees told police a man approached a teller’s window and showed a gun as he demanded money. The suspect left before police arrived.

Plymouth Township and Montgomery Township police were looking into similar, recent robberies, including one Monday at the PNC Bank on Chemical Road. Those investigators pegged a suspect and determined he didn’t own a car and must be using a stolen vehicle or public transportation.

Lower Providence contacted Germantown Cab Company and asked if it had a customer whose trip mirrored the crime’s time and location. It did: One man who fit the description of the robber went from the Audubon area into a Philadelphia neighborhood, where he fled.

At about 12:05 p.m. Thursday, Philadelphia and Lower Providence police found and charged Kyle Anthony Wilson, 21, with numerous offenses, including robbery.

Police found on him money they believe was taken from First Niagara Bank. A gun was found near the bank in a trash can.

Wilson also has been charged with the bank robbery in Plymouth Township and a bank in Montgomery Township.

 

 

 

 

The really smart bank robbers, the ones who don't get caught for a long while, might just have one thing in common — they don't commute in taxis from their heists.

The Lower Providence Township Police Thursday at 11:09 a.m. went to the First Niagara Bank on Egypt Road in the township's Audubon section in response to a report of a robbery in progress. Bank employees told police that a man approached a teller's window and showed a gun as he demanded money. The suspect fled on foot before the police arrived.

Police in Plymouth Township and Montgomery Township were looking into similar robberies that occurred recently, including one  Monday at the PNC Bank on Chemical Road. Those investigators pegged a suspect and determined that he didn't own a car.

"He was either using a stolen vehicle or public transportation,” said Lower Providence Police Chief Francis L. Carroll.

So Carroll's department contacted Germantown Cab Company to see if it had a customer whose trip fit the Lower Providence crime. It did: One customer, who fit the description of the robber, went from around Audubon to Front Street into Philadelphia, where he fled on foot.

After notifying Philadelphia Police, Kyle Anthony Wilson, 21, was found and charged with robbery, receiving stolen property and other offenses at 12:05 p.m. today.

Police found on him money they believe was taken from First Niagara Bank. A gun was found near the bank in a trash can.

Wilson also has been charged with the bank robbery in Plymouth Township and the robbery of a Citizen's Bank in Montgomery Township. 

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