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January 24, 2014

ROBBERY UPDATE: Police say same suspect hit banks

NEW CASTLE — A man who robbed Huntington Bank Thursday is the same person being sought in two similar crimes.

New Castle police said that based on photographs and other evidence, they believe the man involved in the holdup early Thursday afternoon also robbed FirstMerit bank’s Neshannock Township branch on Wilmington Road Jan. 7 and the GNC Federal Credit Union in downtown New Castle Dec. 26.

No one was injured in any of the incidents, police said.

Officers provided few details regarding Thursday’s crime. They described it as an armed robbery that occurred at 12:12 p.m. at the  branch at 101 E. Washington St. in downtown New Castle.

In the other two cases, police said, the robber presented a note saying he had a weapon, but none was seen by employees.

Police released photos of the man in Thursday’s robbery. They show a white man wearing a blue jacket with a hood and a cap underneath. He was also wearing blue jeans and gloves.

The suspect fled through the bank’s Washington Street entrance, which is at the Mercer Street intersection.

Shortly after the crime was reported Thursday, police issued a bulletin for a vehicle suspected to be involved. It was described as a black GMC truck with ladder racks. They also said the passenger window was taped and possibly broken.

A truck matching that description was stopped by police a short time later at the Walmart plaza in Union Township, but no arrests were made.

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