Bank robbery reported in Lawrenceville

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Pittsburgh police are searching for three men who robbed the Allegheny Valley Bank at gunpoint this morning in Lawrenceville, jumping behind the counter to demand cash from the tellers.

Lt .Kevin Kraus said the three men entered the bank, located in the 5100 block of Butler Street, through a back customer entrance shortly before 10 a.m. The men all wore face coverings. One was armed with a handgun and the other two with shotguns.

There were six employees and a single customer in the bank at the time. One of the men held the customer and an employees -- who were seated at a desk -- at gunpoint while the other two men leaped behind the counters and demanded cash from the tellers. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

The men left the bank with the stolen cash, though police declined to say how much was taken. A short time later, police found a mask believed to be used by one of the men on Butler Street near the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Based on the time the mask was found, police believe that the men used a car to get away.

Lt. Kraus said the robbery bore similarities to one at a Squirrel Hill PNC on Christmas Eve of last year. Detectives are exploring whether the same men are responsible for both.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Pittsburgh police robbery detectives at 412-323-7151.

Moriah Balingit:, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

Moriah Bailngit:, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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