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Monday, Dec. 17, 2007

WEST NEWTON - A Pittsburgh man is lodged in the Allegheny County Jail after being charged in connection with last week's bank robbery.

Jay Oswalt, 36, of the Carrick neighborhood, was arrested in Carrick Friday evening by FBI agents. He has been charged with bank robbery.

West Newton police Chief Gary Indof said the arrest was made after U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Lenihan issued a warrant. Indof did not know if bail has been set for Oswalt.

On Dec. 10, the National City Bank branch on East Main Street was robbed approximately 12:30 p.m. by a man who walked into the bank, gave a teller a note demanding money, and then escaped on foot.

The suspect, who lost a Hines Ward cap he was wearing during the robbery, got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police and FBI agents were hopeful a clear photo of the robber caught on the bank's surveillance cameras and released to various news outlets would help lead to an arrest.

In announcing the arrest, Indof said he was not aware of what information led the FBI to charge Oswalt. The chief further does not know if any of the stolen money was recovered.

"I'm really happy that an arrest was made and that this case has apparently been solved," Indof said.

The bank, which had closed for the rest of the day after the robbery, was open for business the following day.

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