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CENTER CITY - December 31, 2009

On Thursday, the suspect has committed his fourth bank robbery since last week.

At approximately 11:49 a.m. Thursday, the subject entered the Susquehanna Bank branch located at 1635 Market Street and verbally threatened a teller, demanding cash. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the subject fled the area of the bank on foot. There were no injuries.

This same subject is believed to be responsible for the robberies of the Sovereign Bank at 1500 Market Street on December 21 and December 23, and the robbery of the Beneficial Bank at 16th and Chestnut this past Monday. All of those robberies involved verbal threats and demands.

Prior to Thursday's robbery, at approximately 11:19 a.m., the same subject was photographed by surveillance cameras inside a different bank at 7th and Market Streets. It is also believed that he was inside of the same Sovereign Bank at 1500 Market that he robbed twice last week before Thursday's robbery. The above photos were taken from both of these banks.

The subject is described as a black male in his late 40's to 50's, 5'10 to 6'0 tall, medium build, with a few days of beard growth, and salt and pepper hair. During today's robbery, the subject was wearing a dark-colored "Roca Wear" coat and a NY Yankee's baseball cap, and was carrying a large dark-colored shoulder or duffel bag. In the previous robberies, he wore a large camel-colored jacket with a hood, possibly Dickies brand, and a different Roca Wear coat.

This subject is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Philadelphia Police Department. There may be a reward for information leading to the identification and apprehension of this subject. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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