Saturday, December 20, 2014

SEPTA: Alleged bank robber hitched ride on bus

It says a lot about the reputation of your transit system when a guy fleeing the scene of a crime uses it during his escape.

SEPTA: Alleged bank robber hitched ride on bus

It says a lot about the reputation of your transit system when a guy fleeing the scene of a crime uses it during his escape.

That's exactly what one man accused of stealing $500 from a Wells Fargo in Northeast Philadelphia apparently did earlier today, according to police.

About 4:45 p.m., the man walked into the bank, on Roosevelt Boulevard near Welsh Road, and used a demand note to grab the cash, said police spokeswoman Officer Christine O'Brien.

He then fled the scene, and boarded a nearby Route 1 bus heading south, according to SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch.

Police flagged down that bus minutes later at Roosevelt Boulevard near Cottman Avenue after someone onboard tipped them off that a man matching the suspect's description had hitched a ride, Busch said.

The man was taken into custody without incident, and officers were able to recover the stolen money, police said.

None of the other passengers on the bus were injured during the arrest.

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