Man robs Dollar Bank in North Huntingdon
By Craig Smith
Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 12:48 p.m.
A man who walked into a Dollar Bank branch office in North Huntingdon on Monday morning and demanded money might have been an experienced bank robber, police said.
“He was too calm and cool,” said North Huntingdon Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Bouldin. “He knew what to do, and he knew what to say.”
The man, wearing glasses, a ball cap and blue jeans, handed the teller a note and took it with him when he left, Bouldin said.
No weapon was involved in the robbery that took place just after 9 a.m., police said. Bank officials were conducting an audit to determine how much cash was taken.
Police were studying surveillance video on Monday afternoon to determine how the suspect made his getaway, Bouldin said. They have no description of a vehicle.
The bank is off Route 30, less than a mile from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Few people saw the man coming or going.
The robbery happened during the morning rush at Starbucks, which overlooks the bank, and employees there didn't see anything.
On the other side of the bank, employees at Jiffy Lube didn't see notice anything out of the ordinary.
“It was a pretty quiet morning,” said manager John Allshouse. “We didn't know there was a robbery until we saw all the police cars.”
Bank business was slow at the time, and the man walked around the line and straight to a teller's window where he made his demand, said North Huntingdon police Chief Andrew Lisiecki.
Dollar Bank operates more than 60 branch offices and loan centers throughout the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas. The North Huntingdon branch opened in January 2010 as part of a group of businesses that sprung up along Route 30 near Wal-Mart.
North Huntingdon police released a surveillance photo of the suspect as he left the front door of the bank on Magill Avenue at the corner of Route 30 and Nichols Road.
“It's a good photo,” Bouldin said. “Hopefully someone will recognize this guy.”
The photo, taken at 9:15 a.m., shows the suspect leaving the bank carrying a black bag. He appears to be wearing gloves.
The FBI is assisting in the investigation.
Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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