Boalsburg bank robbed; police searching for suspect

lfalce@centredaily.comMarch 27, 2014 

— Police say a man robbed the First National Bank branch in Boalsburg on Thursday afternoon, getting away on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as being white, about 6 feet tall and heavy-set, and wearing dark pants and a brown sweatshirt with the hood up.

The suspect entered the bank from East Main Street, his face covered with mesh-type clothing, and did not brandish a weapon, police said. He also had both a white and dark-colored bag with him, police said.

The man was last seen headed north toward the area of East Main Street and Boal Avenue, police said. As of Thursday evening, the suspect remained at large.

State College police responded to the robbery at 400 Boal Avenue after a 2:22 p.m. call.

On the scene in Boalsburg, police, including state troopers and officers from Ferguson Township, clustered nearby. In addition to at least two State College officers in the building, another stood guard outside the front door. One of the officers confirmed that there was no imminent threat at that time.

Police were seen on foot in the area patrolling Boalsburg streets and looking in unusual places, such as a nearby stream.

Police initially thought the suspect may have used a white truck to escape; however, they later said the man may have left on foot.

At 3:30 p.m., the bank was closed, with patrons being turned away at the door. Both drive-thru lanes were closed, and a parked car blocked the window lane. The drive-thru ATM remained active.

Nick Lingenfelter, bank vice president and market manager, referred calls to the corporate offices in Hermitage. No statement has been issued by the bank at this time.

At about 4:30 p.m., scanner reports said police found evidence on Loop Road, behind Happy Valley Refreshment, next door to the bank.

Police are requesting that anyone with information related to the robbery call the State College police at 234-7150.

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