Gunman robs Latrobe bank during banana split festival
A man robbed a bank in Latrobe on Friday morning, blocks away from a celebration heralding the city's place in history for inventing the banana split.
Police were searching for the robber and a getaway driver who targeted Citizens Bank at Ligonier Street and Route 982. No one was injured in the incident.
He robbed the bank shortly after 11 a.m. as celebrants were dedicating a historical marker on the 800 block of Ligonier Street, site of the original Tassel Pharmacy, where David Evans Strickler invented the ice cream concoction.
The city and nearby St. Vincent College are in the midst of the Great American Banana Split Festival.
Investigators said the robber, a white male, was wearing a black and gold zip-up jacket when he entered the bank and handed the teller a note. It's not known if he had a weapon, police said.
The robber fled with an unknown amount of cash. He was last seen in a black, four-door sedan driven by a second person.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call 911.
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