Scranton police investigate robbery at FNCB branch

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Scranton police are still looking for the man who robbed a bank along North Keyser Avenue Monday morning.

The hold-up happened just before 10:00 AM at the First National Community Bank.

Investigators say the thief walked into the bank at 9:55 AM and went up to a teller demanding cash.

Police say he told the teller he had a gun but investigators won’t say if he actually displayed one.

Investigators released surveillance images of the robber, who police believe is between 35 and 40 years old.

“It’s a little scary because it’s so close,” Cherie Peoples said.

Cherie Peoples works at a neighboring business in the Keyser Village plaza.

She was just coming into work when she saw all the police activity.

“They got here really quick, very quick, they were all very friendly. They wouldn’t even let me come into Subway,” Peoples said.

Police say the robber is about six feet tall with broad shoulders.

He had a square jaw line with a mustache and facial hair and was wearing an olive green knit cap and sunglasses at the time of the robbery.

“At this point, it appears that he ran through the parking lot. As for a getaway car, we’re still investigating that possibility,” Detective Sergeant James Pappas from the Scranton Police Department said.

The bank is located in a very busy shopping area, directly across from the Keyser Oak Shopping Center so investigators are hoping somebody saw the man arriving or leaving.

“I don’t understand. The crime is getting out of control around here anymore!” Shirley Bonacci said.

Shirley Bonacci’s daughter works in the plaza.

She says Scranton police responded in overwhelming fashion, even though they’ve had a lot of high profile investigations within the last few weeks including a homicide case and the search for a missing nun.

“They have him on camera so hopefully they will get him quick so he doesn’t hold up anymore banks,” Bonacci said.

No one was hurt during the bank robbery.

Police have not said how much money the thief got away with.

Scranton police want to hear from anyone who recognizes the man in the surveillance images or who might have seen the robber in action Monday morning.

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