It was mostly work as usual at the Merchants and Farmers Bank on Main Street in downtown Philadelphia Friday afternoon. But several hours earlier, a robbery shot the branch down. The drive through tellers window was open, but inside investigators probed for clues.
The robbery happened shortly after the bank opened at 8:30 a.m.
"At that time, a black male wearing a black vest, black pants and purple glasses entered the bank and apparently handed the teller a note that stated that he had a handgun and wanted the money," said Chief David Edwards of the Philadelphia Police Department.
When we talked to the chief it was still unknown exactly how many people were inside the bank at the time of the robbery. However, a gun was never actually shown, no one was hurt and the robber got away with at least $5,000.
"Well, we do have some leads. The FBI is in here now (and) also the Bureau of Investigtion from the state highway patrol is in. We do have some leads. We do have some people working on it, but we're not ready to release this at this point but hopefully it'll pan out," Edwards said.
The penalty for armed robbery is up to life in prison. For anyone with information leading to an arrest in the case, there is up to a $1,000 reward from Crimestoppers. The number to call is (601) 656-2131.