State College police release video, seek leads in Boalsburg bank robbery

lfalce@centredaily.comMarch 28, 2014 

State College police are still looking for more information on a Boalsburg bank robbery Thursday but are short on new facts to release.

Video was released Friday, however, that shows how the crime happened.

First National Bank at 400 E. Boal Ave. was robbed when an unidentified, heavy-set white man in dark pants and a brown sweatshirt, his face covered in a meshlike cloth and his hands in white gloves, entered the bank and walked directly to the first occupied teller desk. The time-stamped video shows him entering the frame at 2:22 p.m.

There is no sound in the video, but it does show the teller immediately opening her drawer and removing cash. The suspect then loaded the money into a dark-colored bag. By 2:23 p.m., he is out the door.

The video shows no brandishing of any weapons. According to police Friday, no dye pack was included in the money that was handed over.

Police said they cannot comment on other reported aspects of the case, including alleged evidence recovered on Loop Road behind Happy Valley Refreshment next door to the bank, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

They are, however, eager to have the public look at the still and video images from the crime.

Visual data were released twice Friday, echoing the steady stream of pictures and video released earlier in March when State College police were investigating the State Patty’s Day burglaries where two young men walked in and out of numerous apartments, stealing money, electronics, sunglasses and more.

Police credited the eventual identification of the two men, whose names have not been released but have been revealed to be two out-of-town college students.

At the time, Lt. Keith Robb called the clarity and prevalence of video footage now available as part of how crimes will be solved in the future, with the cooperation of the public and social media.

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


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