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August 13, 2013

Photos, Story: Man robs bank, threatens fake bomb

NEW CASTLE — Authorities are continuing their search for a man who robbed the Hickory Township branch of First National Bank Monday morning.

According to Lt. Tom Dubovi of the state police in Butler, the man — sporting a Cleveland Indians ballcap with Chief Wahoo on the front — walked into the bank with a package around 11:30 a.m. and presented it as a bomb.

He demanded money from bank employees and was given cash, then ran through the lot of a convenience store, prompting a search that involved police helicopters.

Because of the possibility of a bomb, the utilities to the bank building were shut off, Dubovi said. The Allegheny County Bomb Squad was summoned and had some concerns about the package, and was using a robot to remove it.

When dismantling it they found it was not a real bomb, but a plastic container wrapped in tape with batteries attached.

The bank employees were directed to wait inside the convenience store while state police troopers took them out one at a time to interview them about the incident.

Yellow crime scene tape was strung around the bank property, and firetrucks and ambulances were staged nearby as a precaution.

Dubovni would not say how much money the robber took from the bank.

He said the police have a description of the man and his clothing and they watched a surveillance video from the bank.

Anyone who has information about the robber or the incident should contact the state police at (724) 598-2211.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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