Police investigate possible link in 3 Berks County bank robberies

This image taken from surveillance video shows the man who attempted to rob the National Penn Bank on Oley Turnpike Road Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (Photo courtesy the Exeter Police Department)

Police in three Berks County communities are trying to figure out if three bank robbery incidents in three days are connected.

A robbery occurred at a Spring Township M&T bank branch at 10 a.m. Wednesday after a man handed a teller a note demanding money, police said. A bank in Amity was robbed Monday and a man attempted to rob a bank in Exeter on Tuesday.

In Wednesday’s incident, the bank teller of the 2718 N. Meridian Blvd. M&T branch turned over an undetermined amount of money at about 10:55 a.m. after the demand, police said.

The robber is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall with a slender build, police said. He was wearing glasses, a light color baseball style hat and a dark longer length jacket, police said. The robber left the bank in a tan or light color GMC four dour pickup truck, police said.

The Spring Township robbery came a day after an attempted bank robbery in Exeter and two days after a bank robbery in Amity. Police are investigating if the Spring Township robbery is connected to the previous bank incidents.

In the Exeter incident, which occurred at the 4300 Oley Turnpike Road branch Tuesday afternoon, employees locked the door before the robber could enter, police said.

A small dark car was parked in front of Musso’s Restaurant on St. Lawrence Avenue, which is about two minutes away from the bank, around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The driver was seen changing his clothes inside the car several times, police said.

The man then put on a ski mask and parked the car on a side street next to the bank, police said.

A Musso’s employee warned bank employees of the suspicious behavior and the bank employees locked the doors, police said. The man walked up to the bank door to open it but when he noticed it was locked, he turned around, police said.

Some details of the Exeter robbery are not being released due to the ongoing investigation police said.

Police are still searching for a hooded suspect for the bank robbery at The First Niagara Bank on Route 422 on Maplewood Drive. The suspect in the Amity robbery was described as a white male, 6 feet tall with a thin build, police said. The description is similar to the Spring Township robber.

The Spring Township Police is requesting information on the M&T bank robber and anyone who knows the identity or whereabouts of the robber should contact the department at 610-678-3431. The Crime Alert Berks can also be contacted at 877-373-9913 or alertberks@aol.com.

For more on Monday’s bank robbery in Amity visit http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140210/amity-police-seek-hooded-suspect-in-bank-robbery

(Earlier version of the story)

EXETER – Just one day after an attempted robbery at a National Penn Bank in the township, police are investigating if a Wednesday morning bank robbery in Spring Township, Berks County, could be connected.

In the Exeter incident, which occurred at the 4300 Oley Turnpike Road branch Tuesday afternoon, employees locked the door before the robber could enter, police said.

A small dark car was parked in front of Musso’s Restaurant on St. Lawrence Avenue, which is about two minutes away from the bank, around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The driver was seen changing his clothes inside the car several times, police said.

The man then put on a ski mask and parked the car on a side street next to the bank, police said.

A Musso’s employee warned bank employees of the suspicious behavior and the bank employees locked the doors, police said. The man walked up to the bank door to open it but when he noticed it was locked, he turned around, police said.

Authorities are looking at three possible suspects and believe the attempted robbery in Exeter is connected to the robbery in Amity that happened Monday, police said.

Some details of the Exeter robbery are not being released due to the ongoing investigation police said.

Exeter police said they were looking at whether the Spring Township robbery was carried out by the same person, but no details on Wednesday’s robbery were immediately available.

For more on Monday’s bank robbery in Amity visit http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140210/amity-police-seek-hooded-suspect-in-bank-robbery