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Police identify Kensington man in bank robbing spree

Au­thor­it­ies said John Dig­man didn't wait long to start rob­bing banks after be­ing re­leased from a loc­al halfway house.

The FBI and the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment are look­ing for help in nab­bing John Dig­man, 48, who au­thor­it­ies say has been on a bank rob­bing spree since his re­lease from a halfway house on Ju­ly 2.

Dig­man, also known as John Mc­Cue, was re­leased from fed­er­al cus­tody after be­ing kept at a halfway house in Ju­ni­ata op­er­ated by the Kin­tock Group.

He was iden­ti­fied after a su­per­visor from the halfway house re­cog­nized him in sur­veil­lance foot­age on “Catch Me if You Can.”

Dig­man had just served 6 years of a 10-year sen­ten­ace for pri­or bank rob­bery con­vic­tions. Au­thor­it­ies say he waited just nine days after his re­lease be­fore hit­ting a bank in Kens­ing­ton. Faii­ing to get cash in that Ju­ly 11 hold up, he robbed a bank in Cen­ter City two hours later.

Dig­man, whose last known ad­dress was at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Tioga Street, is charged in four counts of bank rob­bery, in­clud­ing:

• The at­temp­ted rob­bery of the Bank of Amer­ica branch loc­ated at 1841 East Al­legheny Ave. in Kens­ing­ton on Ju­ly 11.

• The rob­bery of the PNC Bank branch at 900 Wal­nut St. in Cen­ter City on Ju­ly 11. Dig­man walked away with $1,350.

•The rob­bery of the PNC Bank branch at 1849 Wal­nut St. in Cen­ter City on Ju­ly 18. Dig­man walked away with $358.

• The rob­bery of the Be­ne­fi­cial Bank branch at 826 East Al­legheny Ave. in Kens­ing­ton on Ju­ly 20. Dig­man walked away with $1,000.

Dig­man is also a sus­pect in the rob­bery of the Pruden­tial Sav­ings Bank branch at 238 Moore St. in South Phil­adelphia on Ju­ly 22.

In each case, au­thor­it­ies said Ding­man presen­ted tell­ers with threat­en­ing de­mand notes. No weapons were used in any of the rob­ber­ies.

Dig­man is de­scribed as a 48-year-old white man, 5 feet 10 inches, thin build, with mul­tiple tat­toos on both arms in­clud­ing one on his right fore­arm with the name “Sherry.”

After the halfway house em­ploy­ee iden­ti­fied Dig­man, po­lice in­ter­viewed his moth­er. She con­firmed that the sur­veil­lance im­ages ap­peared to be her son, but said she had not seen him since his re­lease.

Then, on Ju­ly 18, she con­tac­ted the FBI to re­port that her son had con­tac­ted her and asked her for money. She turned him away and aler­ted po­lice, fear­ing he would rob an­oth­er bank.

A few hours later, po­lice be­lieve Dig­man robbed the PNC bank at 18th and Wal­nut streets. 

He is known to fre­quent Kens­ing­ton and South Phil­adelphia.

The crim­in­al com­plaint nam­ing Dig­man as a sus­pect states that he has an “ex­tens­ive crim­in­al his­tory for charges ran­ging from for­gery to theft.”

Dig­man is con­sidered armed and dan­ger­ous. Any­one with in­form­a­tion about his where­abouts is asked to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment. There may be a re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to Dig­man’s cap­ture, and tip­sters can re­main an­onym­ous.••

Re­port­er Bri­an Rademaekers can be reached at 215 354 3039 or brademaekers@bsmphilly.com.

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You can reach at brademaekers@bsmphilly.com.

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