New Castle News
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.