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Bank robber uses bicycle for his getaway

  • BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Craig Zurn, wearing light shirt, president and CEO of Jim Thorpe National Bank, talks with police officers in the parking lot of the Penn Forest branch. The bank was robbed by a gunman who fled on a bicycle yesterday afternoon.
    BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Craig Zurn, wearing light shirt, president and CEO of Jim Thorpe National Bank, talks with police officers in the parking lot of the Penn Forest branch. The bank was robbed by a gunman who fled on a bicycle yesterday afternoon.
Published September 18. 2013 05:00PM

The Penn Forest Township branch office of the Jim Thorpe National Bank was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday during daylight hours by a man who police said made his getaway on a bicycle.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said the robbery took place around 1 p.m. at the bank, located along Route 903.

As a result of the incident, a lockdown of the Jim Thorpe Area School District's Penn-Kidder Elementary School, which is located a few miles from the bank, was ordered.

Police said a white male wearing a black mask and black clothing entered the bank and pointed a small black handgun at two female tellers, demanding cash.

Police said he received an undisclosed amount of money from both tellers and exited the bank, and was last seen riding a small mountain-type bicycle south on Route 903.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Police were assisted at the scene and in a subsequent neighborhood canvas by officers form the Jim Thorpe and Kidder Township police departments.

The investigation is continuing. Police are asking anyone who may have observed the suspect in the area of the bank to contact them at (610) 377-4270.

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