Islamic clothing helps bank bandit

A robber who wore traditional Islamic clothing to conceal his appearance struck at a Crescentville bank on Friday. It is not known if the case is related to a recent rash of similar heists in the Northeast and North areas of the city, including one at the same bank branch.

On April 13 at 11 a.m., the unknown man entered the Wells Fargo branch at 700 Adams Ave., presented a threatening demand note to a teller, obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot northbound on Tabor Road.

He was described as black, in his mid- to late-20s, with a medium build and wearing all black “Muslim garb,” including a robe, a headdress and a cloth covering his entire face except for his eyes.

The Philadelphia Police and FBI Violent Crimes Task Force has linked two unknown suspects to several similar bank robberies that occurred on Dec. 23 and March 14 at 470 W. Cheltenham Ave., on Jan. 6 at 6633 Roosevelt Blvd., on March 20 at 8319 Stenton Ave., and on April 4 at 700 Adams Ave.

Civilians should not approach the suspects. To report information about the robberies, call 215–686-TIPS or 215–418–4000. In an emergency, call 911. ••