Police seek suspect in robbery of Pa. bank

May 07, 2001

Police seek suspect in robbery of Pa. bank

By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer

STATE LINE, Pa. - A lone gunman wielding a silver revolver walked into the State Line office of the Citizens National Bank of Southern Pennsylvania Friday afternoon and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, Pennsylvania State Police said.

There were no customers in the bank at the time of the 2:38 p.m. incident. All of the bank's employees were inside, but police declined to say how many there were.

There were no injuries.

Police said there was evidence a red dye pack hidden in the money the thief took may have exploded in the getaway vehicle. The vehicle was described as an older teal or turquoise sports utility vehicle, possibly a Ford Explorer with Pennsylvania or West Virginia tags. The first three letters are believed to be DYT.

The dye bag included with the stolen contains a tear gas agent, said Trooper Dave Peck, the investigating officer.


"Hopefully, he's in some discomfort," Peck said.

The suspect drove east on East Avenue, police said. The bank is on the corner of East Avenue and U.S. 11.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 5 feet 10 and five feet 11 inches and about 180 pounds.

Police said he was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a dark mask over his nose. Police had no estimate of his age.

Maryland and Pennsylvania State Police helicopters were used in the search, Peck said.

Friday's robbery marked the second time the State Line branch was robbed. The first time was Dec. 13, 1991. There were no injuries in that incident either.

Banks in southern Franklin County have been targeted before by armed robbers.

The Shady Grove branch of the First National Bank of Greencastle on Pa. 16 has been robbed twice since 1998.

The most recent robbery occurred Jan. 24 when a lone gunman entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded cash.

That robber was described as a male, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing new blue jeans, a dark blue sweatshirt with a gray hood, a black ski mask and possibly sunglasses, police said at the time.

Anyone with information on Friday's robbery is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pa., at 1-717-264-5161.

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