Man indicted for pair of bank robberies

A fed­er­al grand jury in­dicted a Phil­adelphia man on Aug. 22 for the rob­ber­ies of two banks in the North­east and Brides­burg in May.

Harry Mi­chael Schiech, 30, al­legedly tar­geted the Cit­izens Bank at 2702 Kirk­bride St. on May 18, as well as the Bank of Amer­ica at 2439 Welsh Road on May 24, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in Phil­adelphia. The fed­er­al pro­sec­utor did not dis­close Schiech’s home ad­dress. The grand jury charged Schiech with rob­bery and at­temp­ted rob­bery. If con­victed on all counts, he could face up to 40 years in pris­on.

Ac­cord­ing to the char­ging doc­u­ment, Schiech made off with $1,702 from the Kirk­bride Street bank, but fled the Welsh Road bank empty-handed. Schiech used de­mand notes in the heists, but did not dis­play a weapon, ac­cord­ing to the FBI.

In­vest­ig­at­ors did not re­veal how they iden­ti­fied the al­leged rob­ber. With­in days of the crimes, the FBI re­leased sur­veil­lance pho­tos of the then-un­known crook. A tri­al date has not been set. ••

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