Police look for bank robber

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A bank robbery late Monday morning in Lawrence County kept authorities on the scene all day.

Just before 11:30 a.m., police said the man walked into First National Bank on Harlansburg Road in Hickory Township, demanded money and told a teller he had explosives. The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and he fled on foot west on Route 108. He left the suspicious package behind.

He’s described as a white man in his 50’s or 60’s, wearing a dark colored suit coat, dress pants, and a Cleveland Indians baseball cap.  He covered his face with stockings during the robbery. A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter helped search for the man from the sky, but he wasn’t found.

Back at the bank, the Allegheny County Bomb Squad was called in about 3 p.m. to use its robot to find the package, X-ray and identify it.

“They dissembled it, or took it apart, and found it was a plastic a/c adapter, wrapped with tape and some other items in there, with a little piece of cord sticking out, so it was not a threat. Made to look like a threat, but not an actual threat,” said PSP Butler Post Lt. Thomas Dubovi.

Law enforcement officials still were processing the scene late Monday afternoon, and crime tape still lined the parking lot five hours after the crime occurred. It is unknown when the branch will reopen for business.

Bank employees were evacuated and the area was cordoned off until the device was removed. No one was injured, but the robbery suspect is still on the loose.

Anyone with information about who he is, or where he may be located, is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police in New Castle or Butler.

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