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Police seeking suspect in five bank robberies

| Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003

Correction: The Dollar Bank that was robbed Monday is in Shadyside. (11/25/03 - 6:30 p.m.)

A Westmoreland County man wanted for three suburban bank robberies last week struck again in Homestead and Pittsburgh's South Side, authorities said Monday.

The FBI is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Michael Patrick Mikitka, who authorities say gave himself away last week when he wrote a robbery note on his own personal check.

"He's not of the right mind," FBI Special Agent Robert Smith said. "There's some indication of drug use."

A surveillance camera at the Dollar Bank on Shakespeare Street in Shadyside showed Mikitka, 35, of Irwin, passing a demand note to a teller shortly after 9 a.m. yesterday and walking away with cash, according to city police and the FBI.

Surveillance cameras also picked him up on Sunday robbing the PNC Bank at the Waterfront in Homestead, and during these robberies: The Citizens Bank in North Huntington, Westmoreland County, last Tuesday; and the National City Bank branch in Forest Hills on Wednesday and Friday.

In each case, Mikitka handed the teller a demand note, Smith said, although only the first note was written on one of his checks. He has not brandished any weapons and nobody has been injured in any of the heists.

Anyone with information on Mikitka's whereabouts can call the FBI at (412) 432-4000 or Pittsburgh police at (412) 665-4000.

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