Masked robber holds up Pa. credit union

September 01, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police on Thursday were looking for a masked robber who held up the American Community Federal Credit Union, 405 Wayne Ave., that morning.

The holdup happened at 9:34 a.m. when the man walked into the credit union at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Fourth Street and demanded money from the teller. Police said the man did not show a weapon and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

The man left by the credit union's front door and was last seen running south on Wayne Avenue toward Interstate 81, police said. Police had no description of any vehicle that the robber might have used, Detective Sgt. Diane Kelso said.

The man was described as white, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a thin build and dark hair. He was wearing sunglasses and a light-colored mask over his mouth and nose that could have been a dust mask, Kelso said.


The man also was wearing a white hooded jacket with a zippered front made of a light material and a dark shirt underneath. He also wore light-colored pants and light-colored gloves, police said.

Kelso said the man was videotaped by the credit union's surveillance system.

Marked and unmarked vehicles from borough and Pennsylvania State police patrolled the streets around the credit union following the robbery.

Police are asking that anyone in the vicinity of Wayne Avenue between The Cottage restaurant and Route 5 gift shop around the time of the robbery contact them at 717-264-4131.

Kelso said it was too soon to tell if there is a connection between Thursday's robbery and a holdup July 28 at the First National Bank of Greencastle, Pa.

"We're definitely in touch with state police and spoke with them on that matter," Kelso said.

In that case, a man wearing a long dark trench coat and what one trooper called an "odd-looking" hat robbed the bank. The robber was white and estimated to be 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 140 pounds.

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