Ex-Royersford man admits to robbing borough bank

NORRISTOWN — A former Royersford man remains in jail awaiting sentencing after he admitted to robbing the National Penn Bank branch in the borough last November.

Mark Morton, 31, formerly of the 200 block of Main Street, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Thursday to charges of robbery and terroristic threats in connection with the 3:24 p.m. Nov. 6, 2013, holdup at the bank in the 700 block of Main Street. Judge William R. Carpenter deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigative report about Morton, which will include drug and alcohol evaluations.

Morton, who is being held in jail without bail pending sentencing, faces a possible maximum sentence of 7½ to 15 years in prison on the charges.

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Morton, whose most recent address was in the 500 block of West High Street, Phoenixville, was apprehended by authorities two days after the robbery.

Morton, according to a criminal complaint, entered the financial institution through the front door and approached a teller shortly after 3 p.m. Morton handed the teller a handwritten note stating, “Give me all the money no dye packs no cops and no one will get hurt,” according to the arrest affidavit.

The teller, according to police, handed Morton about $2,859 in cash and Morton then fled the bank on foot. A weapon was not displayed by the robber and no one was injured during the robbery, according to court documents.

“During the course of the investigation, the teller was crying, shaking and appeared emotionally distressed, explaining intense fear of bodily injury by the actions of the actor,” Royersford Detective John O’Keefe wrote in the criminal complaint.

Video surveillance recorded photos of the robber. During the investigation, “a concerned citizen” identified Morton as the robber, court papers indicate.

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