Robbers hit two Pittsburgh banks

PNC, First National branches struck 90 minutes apart.

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Pittsburgh police are searching tonight for two men accused of robbing banks in the city this morning.

The first robbery, at the PNC Bank on Noblestown Road in Oakwood, happened about 9 a.m. Bank employees told police the man, who does not appear to be a normal bank patron, walked into the building and cut ahead of customers, slipping a teller note demanding money.

The teller followed the robber's demands and placed some money in a white plastic bag. Police described the suspect in that case as a black man in his early to mid-20s, who is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds and wore a gray sweatshirt, gray baseball hat and sunglasses.

A second robbery occurred at the First National Bank in the 100 block of Federal Street on the North Shore about an hour later.

Bank employees told police the man walked into bank about 10:30 a.m. and passed a teller a note saying, "This is a robbery, give me all of the money, no dye pack or bait money." The teller put some money in a white plastic bag and the man walked out of the bank, heading toward the Sixth Street Bridge. He did not show a weapon.

Emergency dispatchers described the man as white, about 50 years old and wearing a blue ball cap and T-shirt. He wore his sandy-colored hair in a ponytail, dispatchers said. Police wrote in a news release that the man stands about 5 foot 6 inches tall, weighs about 155 to 165 pounds and has "decaying teeth."

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call the Robbery Squad at 412-323-7151. neigh_city - breaking

First Published June 15, 2012 3:45 PM


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