SUNBURY — While city police are unsure whether the suspect in Wednesday morning’s strong-armed robbery was watching his victim leave First National Bank and walk toward an insurance office across Market Street, they said Thursday they are reviewing surveillance video and are closing in on identifying the 6-foot-tall bandit.
Cpl. Travis Bremigen said the woman and her son had withdrawn cash from the bank across Market Street from The Purdy Insurance Agency.
At 10:40 a.m., with Bremigen and Chief Brad Hare the only officers on duty and in the department four blocks away, they were alerted to a burglar alarm which had sounded at a business near Shikellamy High School.
Hare had been taking another call sent to the department from the dispatcher when the robber seized the bank bag from the screaming woman — as her son sat in a car — and jumped into a green sedan, Hare said.
Within a minute, Bremigen was on the scene, tending to the victim and fielding questions from passersby about the lack of police presence in the city, he said.
Bremigen immediately called for backup from outside police agencies.
Police also received information that an unknown male chased the robber, but never returned to the scene, Bremigen said, adding that they’d like to interview that man.
The definition of a strong-armed robber, according to Bremigen, is one who uses force to overcome his victim when attempting to steal, Bremigen said.
Officers are reviewing video taken from the bank and from city cameras, he said.
Police are also investigating a home invasion and a rash of burglaries — one of which occurred at the Sports Zone Toys and Comics on Market Street — and two break-ins of city businesses that include Braydn’s Bargain and Variety, Bremigen said.
To make matters worse, there was also a home invasion in the month of March that police are investigating, Bremigen said.
“Anyone with information about the crimes or any information about anything going on in the city that we should be aware of, we are asking for information,” Bremigen said.
“We are doing our best with what we have and we continue to do the best job we can for city residents in providing the best possible coverage we can.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sunbury Police Department at (570) 286-4587.