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Police Searching for Robbery Suspect

by on August 22, 2017 8:45 PM

Ferguson Township Police, along with other local departments, state police and the FBI are searching the area for a suspect who claimed he had a gun and a bomb during a robbery of a credit union Tuesday afternoon.

A bomb threat also was received at the North Atherton Street Walmart prior to the robbery on Tuesday afternoon, and Penn State Police reported at about 7:50 p.m. that  a "credible bomb threat" had been received at Research West building near the White Course. 

Walmart was evacuated and reopened shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday after police spent more than four hours searching the building with bomb sniffing dogs. Research West was declared safe after a suspicious device found by police was determined to be of no danger.

Police said earlier on Tuesday they were looking into the possibility the Walmart and credit union incidents were related

Ferguson Township Police Chief Chris Albright said that at 3:54 p.m. on Tuesday a man, described as about 6-feet tall and wearing a purple gown, ivory hood and a mask, entered SPE Federal Credit Union on Science Park Road. He is pictured in the surveillance video still image above, which was provided by police on Tuesday night

Witnesses said the man placed a bag on the counter and indicated he had a bomb and a gun and demanded cash.

After staff members gave him cash, the man fled toward Circleville Road, leaving in the bank the bag he claimed had a bomb.

A bomb response team and tactical response unit were dispatched to the scene. The bag was examined and found not to be a threat.

Police said because of the threats made by the suspect, he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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