Three-time “Roxborough robber” still on the loose

Strike three and the “Roxborough robber” is still out – on city streets. Within five days, three banks on Ridge Avenue have been robbed by an unidentified male suspect.

First in the slew of the Ridge Avenue robberies was Continental Bank on Aug. 30, then Wells Fargo on Sept. 1 and Citizens Bank last Satuday

Citizen’s Bank, located at 6000 Ridge Avenue, was the latest target. Officer Charles Kline of Philadelphia’s 5th Police District said an undisclosed amount was taken and that the suspect again used a note with his demands.

Sylvia Bronner, media representative for Citizens Bank, had no comment about the robbery.

During the Continental Bank robbery the suspect gave the bank teller a demand note, which prompted the teller to give him $1,348 in cash.

The Wells Fargo robbery was a similar situation with a demand note asking for $600.

The suspect has been caught on surveillance video in each of the banks, but no identification has been made. He is described as a clean-shaven white man, believed to be in his 20s and approximately 5’10” tall with a thin build.

For each robbery he has donned a different baseball cap. In Saturday’s robbery the cap was gray or tan with “GAP” written on it and the other varieties included a red Phillies cap and an Eagles cap.

Other banks in the area have been alerted of the situation. TD Bank, located at 8301 Henry Avenue, is close to where the three robberies took place. Rebecca Acevedo, public relations manager for TD Bank, said, “We have a system in place and we are prepared. We continuously review our system and we always work with local area police if they need assistance.”

Acevedo also said that in addition to their protocol they have security personnel on the premise and surveillance cameras.

The 5th District is not giving out any information as to what the police are doing to catch the suspect.

Anyone with information on the identity or wherabouts of this man is asked to call 911 or the FBI at 215-418-4000. 

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