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HERMITAGE Police, FBI searching for robbery witnesses



Published: Tue, May 28, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Authorities believe the bank's camera got a picture of the robber.

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Friday night is a busy time for the drive-through windows of the National City Bank office at 2470 E. State St., and police hope someone waiting in that line saw the man who robbed the bank.

Police said a white man about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds and believed to be in his mid to late 30s, walked into the bank lobby at 7:13 p.m. and handed a teller a note announcing that he was robbing the bank.

He didn't show any weapon, but his note indicated that he would kill the teller if she didn't comply with his demand, police said.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the man fled, apparently leaving the area on foot. Bank employees said he walked out slowly and didn't run.

He made the teller give him back the note before he left and was very careful not to touch anything so he didn't leave any fingerprints, police said.

He did leave his photo behind, however. Police said the bank's camera system is believed to have captured the robber's image; the FBI is having that film processed today.

One man sitting in a car in front of the bank told police he saw the robber walk from around behind the building and enter the front, but the motorist left before the man emerged.

Police said they are hoping that someone saw him leave the building and can give authorities a direction and method of travel. The FBI is also investigating the case.

The robber had a goatee and about a day's growth of beard, police said.




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