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August 28, 2014, 11:16 pm

Serial robber hits bank branch in Roxborough

A serial bank robber connected to several Philadelphia area robberies has struck again.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force are searching for a suspect who robbed a TD Bank branch Sunday afternoon in Roxborough.

Police said shortly after noon, the suspect entered the TD Bank along the 5500 block of Ridge Avenue and passed the teller a demand note. The suspect fled on foot after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash.

Investigators believe the suspect was involved in the attempted robbery of the same bank last Thursday. In that incident, the man entered the bank and presented the teller with a threatening demand note. Police said the suspect fled on foot on Ridge Avenue after an unsuccessful attempt at obtaining cash.

Police believe the man is connected to robberies at a Sovereign Bank, another TD Bank branch and a Citizens Bank earlier this month.

The man is considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a Black male, 20 to 30 years old with a medium build. He was wearing glasses, a dark knit cap, black coat and black gloves.

There may be an award for information leading to his arrest.



In other crime news, police are seeking for two suspects involved in a “skimming” incident that led to $1,000 in fraudulent charges in the Society Hill neighborhood.

Police said the unauthorized charges were made on a woman’s credit card between February 6 and 13. When the victim noticed the charges, she realized that she was a victim of skimming since the credit card was still in her possession. Skimming refers to a device that can used to read the magnetic strip on the back on a credit card. The information can be used by thieves to make credit card purchases.

An unknown man and woman were captured on surveillance video making purchases on the victim’s account on February 6 at the Game Stop, located at 505 South Street.

The first suspect is a Black man, 40 to 50 years old, with a stocky build and dark complexion. He was wearing a gray knit ski cap, red style polo shirt, a dark colored “varsity” style jacket with leather looking sleeves with white letters “R W D C” on the back with an “R” on the left front and dark pants.

The second suspect is a Black female, 20, with a thin build and medium brown complexion. She was wearing a ¾ length coat, light colored pants and tan calf high boots.

A video of the suspects can be viewed online by visiting the Philadelphia Police YouTube Channel or

To submit a tip call (215) 686-8477 or PPD TIP or 773847.



Police have arrested Tony Robinson, 39, of the 4900 block of Warnock Street, for a robbery that occurred in Germantown.

On Dec. 1, 2012 at 7 p.m., an unknown man entered the Anna’s Linen store located at 301 West Chelten Avenue and purchased chair pads. After the transaction was complete, the man displayed a black semi-automatic handgun in his waistband and demanded money from the cash register. After he was given an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled on foot in unknown direction.

On February 11 Robinson was captured in Delaware by the Philadelphia Police Department’s Fugitive Task Force. He is charged with robbery and related offenses.