Suspects sought in bank robberies

  • Surveillance photo

  • Surveillance photo

Ban­dits at­temp­ted to rob two North­east Phil­adelphia banks last week in ap­par­ently un­re­lated in­cid­ents.

The first hold-up in­volved a man wear­ing what po­lice de­scribed as “Muslim garb” at a bank in Castor Gar­dens last Wed­nes­day. He wore a black gown and head cov­er­ing with a veil that covered his en­tire face ex­cept for a small slit for his eyes. He entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 6611 Castor Ave. at about 2:10 p.m. and handed a threat­en­ing de­mand note to a tell­er, au­thor­it­ies said. The rob­ber failed to ob­tain money, however, and fled on foot east­bound on Magee Av­en­ue. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted. He was de­scribed as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall and thin, wear­ing “Muslim garb.”

On Fri­day at about 3:23 p.m., an­oth­er ban­dit entered the Wells Fargo at 5119 Frank­ford Ave., handed a de­mand note to a tell­er and ob­tained an un­dis­closed amount of cash be­fore flee­ing the area. He was de­scribed as black, in his 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a thin build. He wore a gray hood­ie with “NIKE AIR” prin­ted across the chest in black, blue jeans and a blue back­pack. He also wore keys around his neck at­tached to an “I (heart) Je­sus” lan­yard.

Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to re­port in­form­a­tion about the crimes. If you see either rob­ber, call 911. Tip­sters can also call the FBI at 215-418-4000. ••

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