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Two sought in York bank robbery

A surveillance image from the Bank of York branch on East Liberty St. in York shows one of the suspects at the counter.
A surveillance image from the Bank of York branch on East Liberty St. in York shows one of the suspects at the counter.

YORK -- Two men dressed in suit jackets and slacks robbed a York bank Friday afternoon.

No one was hurt during the armed robbery at Bank of York on East Liberty Street, minutes from downtown.

Bank surveillance video shows the men entered the bank at 12:58 p.m. As both men approached the counter, a teller asked one of the men to remove his shades and a red ball cap.

The man complied.

Then the scenario changed: One of the men showed the teller a gun.

"He reached in his waistband, pulled a revolver and showed it to the teller," York Police Chief Bill Mobley said. "He gave her a note telling her it was a holdup."

The video shows that the other man walked toward the bank door when a male customer came in the bank. After the man spoke to the customer, he sat down on a couch inside the door, Detective Sgt. Willam Mumaw said.

Meanwhile, the bank teller handed the other man an undisclosed amount of money. The video shows that man staking the money on the bank counter.

"The other guy comes back, and they start stuffing the money," said Mumaw, who added three employees were in the bank during the robbery.

Then, the men fled.

"We know they left on foot," Mobley said. "They crossed East Liberty Street. They went between Burger King and the convenience store. If they got in a car behind the store, we don't know."

Nearly an hour after the robbery, police cruisers, unmarked police cars and a forensics truck flanked the bank, where a dog was used to track the men.

The FBI and York County Sheriff's Office are assisting the York Police Department with their probe.

The incident marks the second time within a week that a York business was robbed, Mobley said. Earlier this week, two people took a cash register drawer during an armed robbery at a convenience store on South Congress Street. No arrest has been made in that case, which is not related to Friday's incident, Mobley said.

To date, the York Police Department has probed three robberies. The department investigated 13 robberies in 2007, Mobley said.

The suspects in Friday's robbery face multiple charges, including four counts of kidnapping, armed robbery and armed robbery with a deadly weapon -- all felony charges, Mobley said.

Anyone with information can call the York Police Department at 684-4141 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.

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