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Another Citizens Bank robbed in Reading

Published On: Feb 08 2013 10:52:08 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 08 2013 06:09:00 PM EST

A man who robbed a Citizens Bank in Reading on Wednesday may have struck again, police said.


A man who robbed a Citizens Bank in Reading on Wednesday may have struck again.

A man matching the description of the robber in the earlier holdup robbed the Citizens Bank at 830 Lancaster Ave. in southwest Reading shortly before 10:45 a.m. Friday, police said.

Initial reports from the scene were that the robber gave a teller a handwritten note demanding cash and then made off with the money in an envelope, last seen running south on Lancaster Avenue.


Responding officers immediately set up a perimeter in the area around the bank as they searched for the robber, but they were unable to track him down.

The handwriting on the note the robber gave a teller Friday, police said, matched the handwriting on his note used in the robbery of the Citizens Bank at North 9th and Spring streets on Wednesday.

The robber, as seen in surveillance video recorded during the first robbery, is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic man with a scruffy beard, standing about 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a medium build. In Friday's holdup, he was wearing a black hat, red and gray hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored jeans.


In Wednesday's heist, the robber was dressed in a rust-colored sweatsuit.

Anyone with information about the holdup is asked to call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. The crime stoppers group is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.