Search still on for bank robber
- Police are still searching for a suspect who robbed Citizens Savings Bank in Honesdale on Wednesday.
— Police are still searching for a suspect who robbed Citizens Savings Bank in Honesdale on Wednesday.
"We're chasing leads," Honesdale Borough Police Chief Joe LoBasso said just before noon on Thursday. "But there is nothing concrete."
The incident happened at around 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday at the bank on Willow Avenue in Honesdale.
A white male entered Citizens Savings Bank at that time, said LoBasso.
The chief said the suspect handed a note to the teller stating he had a gun. The note demanded money. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
Though no weapon was ever seen by anyone, the chief said you "have to take it into account" and it is a serious matter.
"She is very shaken up over it," said the chief about the teller.
Nobody was hurt in the incident.
Once the robber got the money, he then left the bank on foot. Police did search the area around the bank, including Old Willow Avenue and Grandview Avenue but they did not find the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5-feet, 10-inches tall wearing blue jeans, a knit cap and a black hoodie.
That description came from witnesses inside the bank as well as another witness who was sitting in a truck in the parking lot at the time of the incident.
The witness said she saw the suspect run out of the bank and then head east down Willow Avenue.
When asked if there was any evidence there may have been someone else involved who could have picked up the suspect, LoBasso said there isn't any evidence to make that determination.
Immediately after the robbery, police were on the scene processing evidence. LoBasso said forensic analysis did take place at the scene.
An officer from the Pennsylvania State Police was at the scene taking fingerprints from the front door of the bank.
"We did process the scene," said the chief.
Another question which has been raised is whether or not the incident could be related to an attempted robbery just three days earlier.
In that incident at the Route 6 Plaza, a suspect approached a woman near Pizza Hut and attempted robbery. The woman got into her car but the suspect managed to not allow her to shut the door.
The state police said the suspect, who was also described as wearing a black hoodie, did leave the scene and headed east down Route 6.
"Certainly, the proximity of the two cases raises an eyebrow," said LoBasso.
LoBasso said police were canvassing the area on Thursday. He also said police have received several calls offering tips about the case.
The chief said that is standard procedure and they are investigating all leads in the case.
Anyone who has any information about the case should contact the Honesdale Borough Police at 253-1900.
LoBasso also brought up another interesting matter saying to the best of his knowledge, this was the first bank robbery in Honesdale in around 22 years.
LoBasso has been on the force for just about a year when it happened. He was on duty when the robbery took place.