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FBI seeks help catching 'North Hills bandits' who may have police, military training

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April 15–The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying two bank robbers they say are responsible for a string of North Hills bank robberies going back to January.

“We are seeing escalating violence. We want this to stop,” said Patrick F. Fallon Jr., assistant special agent in charge of the FBI in Pittsburgh.

Based on their behavior and handling of weapons, Fallon said the two “North Hills bandits” likely have either military or police training.

“They could be former military or law enforcement,” he said. “These are takeover robberies.”

One of the suspects wears a holster for his weapon, which Fallon said is quite unusual.

“That is completely off the grid, as far as street thugs go,” he said.

The men have made increasingly violent remarks at each robbery — including threats to kidnap bank employees and statements that they have automatic weapons in a car that they would use in a police pursuit.

The robbers have forced some bank employees to lie on the floor as they emptied the banks of cash.

FBI agents think the two men are from the Pittsburgh area, based on their accents. They are white, between the ages of 30 and 35 and in good physical shape, said Mike Brokos, a FBI special agent who handles .

Brokos says he doubts any of the robberies are motivated by drugs.

“They are very organized. There’s nothing clumsy about these guys. They have left with a significant amount of money,” Brokos said.

The two men wore sweat clothes and ski masks at each robbery. Fallon said they might have had other clothes on underneath.

The most recent robbery was Friday morning at a First Niagara Bank on Babcock Boulevard in Ross.

On Feb. 21, the two robbed a Huntingdon Bank on McKnight Road in McCandless. The first robbery was on Jan. 24 at a Citizens Bank on Route 8 in Hampton.

The two left each scene in a 2009-12 Toyota Corolla.

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to arrest of the two.

Anyone with information should call 412-432-4000.

For more information visit bankrobbers.fbi.gov.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or rwills@tribweb.com.

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