Philly area serial bank robbery suspect arrested

February 28, 2013 2:46:40 PM PST
Authorities have arrested the man who they say is responsible for the robbery of ten banks in the Philadelphia area.

35-year-old Tarik Hooks of Philadelphia was arrested on February 22nd by the FBI and Philadelphia Police.

Hooks is accused of stealing more than $24,000 during the one month robbery spree.

He is charged with robberies at the following locations:

  • February 2, 2013 robbery of Citizens Bank, 121 East City Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
  • February 7, 2013 robbery of Citizens Bank, 543 North Oak Avenue, Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania
  • February 8, 2013 robbery of Wells Fargo Bank, 65 West Baltimore Avenue, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
  • February 9, 2013 robbery of Citizens Bank, 543 North Oak Avenue, Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania
  • February 10, 2013 robbery of Citizens Bank, 2084 Naamans Road, Wilmington, Delaware
  • February 12, 2013 robbery of TD Bank, 401 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, Pennsylvania
  • February 14, 2013 robbery of Sovereign Bank, 1 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
  • February 14, 2013 robbery of TD Bank, 5501 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • February 17, 2013 robbery of TD Bank, 5501 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • February 21, 2013 robbery of TD Bank, 2200 Garrett Road, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
  • According to the FBI, a security director with Wells Fargo received an anonymous tip identifying Hooks as the man responsible for the February 8th robbery of the bank branch in Lansdowne.

    The tip led the FBI to conduct surveillance outside of Hooks' home, during which a man, matching Hooks' description, was observed entering a white Lexus. A trace of the car's tags led investigators to where it was purchased, and the dealer told investigators the car was bought by a Tarik Hooks.

    Then following the February 21st robbery in Drexel Hill, witnesses told police that the suspect fled the scene in a black sedan. Police were able to track down that vehicle, a black Lexus, abandoned three blocks away.

    Investigators learned that the black Lexus was stolen outside a grocery store on the 5900 block of Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia. Surveillance video from the store shows a man exit a white Lexus SUV, then drive away in the black Lexus - leaving the white Lexus behind.

    Both vehicles were impounded by authorities. A black hat and wig were found during the search of the black vehicle, consistent with what was worn by the suspect in the February 21st robbery. While searching the white vehicle, authorities found a cell phone, an envelope addressed to Tarik Hooks and a wallet containing Hooks' drivers license.

    An arrest warrant was issued and Tarik Hooks was taken into custody at his home on the 6100 block of Spruce Street.

    Hooks was taken to Philadelphia FBI headquarters at 600 Arch Street where authorities say he confessed to the robberies.

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