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Man charged with 2 Avonmore bank robberies

| Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007

PITTSBURGH -- A North Versailles man has been indicted on federal charges of robbing three banks, including an Avonmore bank twice.

The U.S. Attorney's office said William F. Perry, 63, used a "replica firearm" in a total of five robberies at three banks from January 2004 to last September.

He is charged with 10 counts of bank robbery and armed bank robbery.

Included were two robberies at the First National Bank at 437 Westmoreland Ave. in Avonmore. Those robberies occurred on April 18 and Sept. 18 last year.

In the first incident, the robber wore a dark ski mask and ordered everyone in the bank to floor before forcing a clerk to allow him into the vault.

During the second Avonmore robbery, Perry allegedly wore a black wig, sunglasses and a distinctive ball cap police hoped would help them identify the suspect.

Perry also is accused of robbing an ESB Bank in Ellwood City in January 2004 and a Washington Federal Savings Bank in Hickory, Washington County, twice in fall 2004.

Authorities have not disclosed how much money was reported stolen.

If convicted on all charges, Perry could face up to 225 years in prison and a fine of $2.5 million.

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