Police: ‘Roxborough Robber’ targets City Ave. bank

The ‘Roxborough Robber’ has struck again, but this time in a slightly new area.

Police say at 8 a.m. this morning, a man – who police believe is linked to three other robberies along Ridge Avenue in Roxborough – walked into the TD Bank at 4020 City Avenue and handed a threatening demand note to the teller indicating that he was armed with a gun. The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Philadelphia Police believe this is the same person responsible for the Ridge Avenue robberies at the Continental Bank branch on Aug. 29, Wells Fargo Bank branch on Sept. 1 and Citizens Bank branch on Sept. 3. Surveillance video has captured the robberies at each of the locations. 

He is described as a white male in his 20s between 5’7 and 5’8 in height with a very thin build. Despite the fact that no gun was ever visible or displayed in any of the robberies, police believe he is armed and dangerous.

FBI Special Agent J.J. Klaver says there’s a pretty good chance that he lives in the area.

“Almost all of the robberies in Philadelphia last year were committed by people who either lived in or within a mile of the places that were robbed; so that helps us target him,” he said.

Klaver adds that police are working very closely with the Delaware Valley Banking Group to alert bank tellers of the robber and encourage them to call 911 if they spot him anywhere near their banks.

Police are not releasing the estimated amount stolen from the four banks until the suspect has been caught and charged.

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of this man is asked to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Philadelphia Police Department. Police say there may be a reward for information leading to the subject’s capture, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.