West Oak Lane bank robbed for third time in less than a year

Philadelphia Police and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed the Citizens Bank branch location on the 6300 block of Stenton Ave. in West Oak Lane on Monday.

Just before 2:15 p.m., the suspect entered the bank and handed a teller a demand note. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the subject apparently ran off.

He is described a 6-foot 2-inch tall black male in his late 30s to early 40s with a medium build and a salt and pepper beard. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black knit cap and a black leather jacket.

Targeted again

This is at least the third time in a year that this bank branch has been robbed.

In June 2012, police said that a black male described as in his late 20s or early 30s slipped a teller a threatening note before running off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

In January, an unidentified man in his 30s entered the branch and handed a teller a note demanding money. Given an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled the area in an unknown direction.

The unknown suspect in Monday’s case is also believed by police to be responsible for Saturday’s attempted robbery of the PNC Bank branch at 3200 block of N. Broad St.

There may be a reward for information leading to the capture of the suspect, who is considered by police to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with more information is urged to call the Philadelphia Police 215-686-TIPS (8477) or the FBI at (215) 418-4000.

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