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Man indicted for pair of bank robberies

A federal grand jury indicted a Philadelphia man on Aug. 22 for the robberies of two banks in the Northeast and Bridesburg in May.

Harry Michael Schiech, 30, allegedly targeted the Citizens Bank at 2702 Kirkbride St. on May 18, as well as the Bank of America at 2439 Welsh Road on May 24, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. The federal prosecutor did not disclose Schiech’s home address. The grand jury charged Schiech with robbery and attempted robbery. If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 40 years in prison.

According to the charging document, Schiech made off with $1,702 from the Kirkbride Street bank, but fled the Welsh Road bank empty-handed. Schiech used demand notes in the heists, but did not display a weapon, according to the FBI.

Investigators did not reveal how they identified the alleged robber. Within days of the crimes, the FBI released surveillance photos of the then-unknown crook. A trial date has not been set. ••

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