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Pa. police seek bank robber

April 18, 2001

Pa. police seek bank robber



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


Pennsylvania State Police Wednesday asked for help in identifying a robber who held up a Scotland, Pa., bank Monday.

The robber entered Citizen's National Bank in the Chambersburg Mall at 12:25 p.m. Monday and demanded money from a teller.

He pulled up his shirt and displayed a semi-automatic gun in his waistband, said Tpr. Ed Asbury, a State Police spokesman.

"He was very brazen about how he did it," said Tpr. Matt Gordon, who is investigating the robbery. "He had no mask and no gloves. He looked right into the surveillance camera."

Police have several grainy pictures of the robber from the surveillance camera. Police describe him as a 40- to 50-year-old white male who is 5 feet 9 inches tall with brown hair. He was wearing a blue baseball hat with white letters on the front and a blue ski jacket with a forest greet T-shirt, dark blue jeans and brown work boots.

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Police were unsure what the logo on the hat was, but Gordon said it could be "UCLA" or "Polo." He also said he was wearing a silver watch on his right wrist.

The man verbally threatened the teller and ordered her to remove a dye pack from the money, Gordon said.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money, and the robber left through the front door and went out the mall entrance, about 20 feet away.

Troopers arrived on the scene within five minutes of the bank alarm sounding, but have had no luck in tracking the robber.

There were no witnesses in the bank other than the teller. Three other employees in the bank at the time were not aware the robbery was taking place, police said.

Police are checking with one witness who may have seen the getaway car, Gordon said.

"He was confident, calm and cool, just like he was making a withdrawal from the local bank," Gordon said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chambersburg Mall security have assisted State Police in the investigation.

Anyone with any information on the robbery may call Pennsylvania State Police at 1-717-264-5161.

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