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Suspects in female Muslim garb hit five banks

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Two men who wear Is­lam­ic fe­male cloth­ing to con­ceal their iden­tit­ies are to blame for at least five bank rob­ber­ies since Dec. 23 in the North­east, East Oak Lane and East Mount Airy sec­tions of the city, au­thor­it­ies say.

Ac­cord­ing to the Phil­adelphia Po­lice and FBI Vi­ol­ent Crimes Task Force, the most re­cent heist oc­curred April 4 at the Wells Fargo branch, at 700 Adams Ave. At about 12:07 p.m., one male entered the bank, presen­ted a threat­en­ing de­mand note to a tell­er, ob­tained an un­dis­closed amount of cash and fled on foot in an un­known dir­ec­tion.

The sus­pect was de­scribed as black, 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall and lean. He had a dark com­plex­ion and pos­sibly short hair or a shaved head. He wore “black Muslim garb,” in­clud­ing a he­ad­dress and veil that covered al­most all of his face, and car­ried a white bag with red let­ter­ing.

Au­thor­it­ies re­leased sur­veil­lance pho­tos from that in­cid­ent, as well as a sim­il­ar one in­volving both sus­pects on March 20 at the Sov­er­eign Bank branch, at 8319 Stenton Ave. The men entered the bank at 12:23 p.m., presen­ted a threat­en­ing de­mand note to a tell­er, ob­tained an un­dis­closed amount of cash and fled on foot in an un­known dir­ec­tion.

Both sus­pects were de­scribed as black, thin and about 5 feet 10 inches tall. They both wore black cloth­ing and veils to cov­er their heads, faces and bod­ies.

The same men are sus­pects in the rob­ber­ies of the More Bank branch at 470 W. Chel­ten­ham Ave., on Dec. 23 and March 14, as well as the 3rd Fed­er­al branch at 6633 Roosevelt Blvd. on Jan. 6.

The sus­pects are con­sidered armed and dan­ger­ous and should not be ap­proached. Tip­sters should call 215-686-TIPS or 215-418-4000. In an emer­gency, call 911. ••

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