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05 August 2009

Because that's where they keep the money

I just got done reading Duane Swierzcynski's book The Wheelman a full year-and-a-half after we worked together. Don't judge. I didn't read any fiction without an Old Man and a Sea therein until I got laid up with a whole lotta hit-and-run spare time. Anyway, you should buy and read it too. And, it explains why I've been quietly fascinated by the local FBI's bank-robbery press releases that seemingly arrive weekly or so. I chose to post today's because nothing says well-groomed man than a neat salt-and-pepper full beard.
The FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department are seeking the public's assistance to identify and locate the subject responsible for the robbery of the Wachovia Bank branch located at 601 West Erie Avenue in Philadelphia earlier today.
At approximately 11:37 AM, an unidentified male entered the branch and presented a threatening demand note to a teller. The subject is described as a black male, medium complexion, in his 50's, over 6' tall, medium build, with a salt and pepper neatly trimmed full beard and mustache, wearing a black baseball cap with a black do-rag underneath it, a black t-shirt with large yellow lettering on the front including the words "All City", dark pants and white sneakers.
After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, which the subject placed into a black bag that he was carrying over his shoulder, the subject fled on foot headed eastbound on Erie Avenue. The subject's skin or clothes may be stained red. There were no injuries. Two photographs from the bank's security cameras are attached to this email. This subject is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Philadelphia Police Department.
There may be a reward for information leading to the identification and apprehension of this subject. Tipsters can remain anonymous. To view flyers of this and other bank robbery subject wanted by the FBI/Major Crimes Task Force, please visit and click on the Detectives Box and the Violent Crimes Task Force link.


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