Pittsburgh police have charged the owner of a Dormont hot dog shop with a pair of bank robberies, including one this morning at the Citizens Bank inside the Giant Eagle on the South Side.
Police said Captain Barnes, 37, the owner of Dormont Dogs on Glenmore Avenue, demanded cash from two bank tellers just before 11 a.m., telling them he knew where they lived and threatened to harm them if they did not comply.
Mr. Barnes fled, police said, only to be tackled by a jitney driver and store employees who held him until officers took him into custody.
Witnesses collected the cash that scattered onto the sidewalk and returned it to police, who commended them in a news release for their efforts to apprehend the man.
Detectives also charged Mr. Barnes with a Monday heist at the PNC Bank in the 800 block of Brookline Boulevard that drew the city's bomb squad. Police said the robber demanded cash at gunpoint and told them he planted a bomb in the bank.
Sadie Gurman: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1878. First Published February 15, 2012 6:00 PM