Suspect images: East Pikeland Wells Fargo robbed

Security photos from the French Creek Wells Fargo bank robbery in East Pikeland Township on the morning of Nov. 12
Police investigate after a report of a robbery at the Wells Fargo bank in East Pikeland Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

EAST PIKELAND Police are searching for three men who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank Tuesday morning.

Police said the mask-wearing men entered the bank at 200 Schuylkill Road around 11 a.m., each armed with a handgun.

The men, according to police, ordered employees and customers to get on the ground before jumping the counter and taking money from the teller windows.

Police did not say how much money was taken.


No one in the bank was injured, police said.

According to a Wells Fargo Corporate Security document received by the Phoenix Reporter & Item courtesy of the East Pikeland Police Department, the details of the robbery were recorded as: Store Manager confirmed a Takeover Robbery. Three African American males wearing all black and masks entered the branch with guns, locked the doors behind them and robbed three tellers.

Police said they are investigating a connection between this robbery and a robbery at the Wells Fargo in Bala Cynwyd on Nov. 4. During the robbery at the beginning of the month, three masked men entered the bank at 307 Levering Mill Road around 11 a.m. One man jumped the desk, Lower Merion Police said.

East Pikeland Police Chief James Franciscus said the similarities between the two incidents warranted an investigation into any possible connection.

Despite the marked police cars in front of the bank Tuesday, more than 10 customers tried to enter through the locked front doors.

One man even banged his fists against the glass trying to get the investigators attention.

Police said the Chester County Detectives and surrounding police departments responded to the scene.

The bank remained closed on Tuesday and police said it will likely reopen for regular business on Wednesday.