Man in Steelers garb robs Downtown bank during parade
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As hundreds of thousands of Pittsburgh Steelers fans crowded Downtown for the Super Bowl parade, one man wearing the team's colors robbed the Huntington Bank at 650 Smithfield St.
He didn't get far with proceeds from the stickup when a dye pack exploded, covering the stolen money and the robber with, symbolically enough, red dye -- the color of the defeated Arizona Cardinals. The man tossed the money out of his pockets and Pittsburgh detectives recovered all of the cash taken in the robbery.
According to detectives, the following occurred:
The robber, a white man between 6 feet 1 and 6 feet 3 wearing a Steelers jacket with a gold hood and blue jeans, entered the bank at 1:30 p.m. through the Smithfield Street entrance. He walked up to a teller with a note that read, "I am not joking, give me all of your money; I have a gun." The teller told police the suspect put his right hand inside his jacket as if he were hiding a gun but no weapon was observed.
The teller gave the suspect cash in which a dye pack was housed. The suspect exited through the Smithfield Street doors and walked toward Liberty Avenue where the dye pack burst.
Anyone who can identify the suspect or has information regarding the robbery is asked to contact the robbery squad at 412-323-7151.
First Published February 3, 2009 4:39 pm