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20 August 2009

Speaking of Vinnie "the Thief" Fumo...

... there's news today of another thief out there. One Billy Ray Barker stands accused of robbing the Wachovia Branch at Sixth and West Erie on Aug. 5 and suspected of a pair of heists on Aug. 13 (at the Wachovia at 2843 N. Broad and the PNC at 3244 N. Broad.
Fast forward to today, Aug. 20. From the G-Men:
At approximately 11:34 AM today, Barker allegedly entered the Bank of America branch at 1650 North Broad Street in Philadelphia and presented a threatening demand note to a teller. He was wearing a black baseball cap, white t-shirt, dark pants and white sneakers. He fled the bank on foot in an unknown direction.
Barker is 41 years old, 5’11” tall, 180 pounds, with a closely cropped salt-and-pepper beard and mustache. He has tattoos on both his right and left arms. He is known to frequent the areas of North Broad and West Erie Avenues (the 2800 block of North Broad and the 600 block of West Erie Avenue).
Barker is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Philadelphia Police Department. There may be a reward for information leading to his apprehension, and tipsters can remain anonymous.
To view flyers of this and other bank robbery subjects 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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