Reading man charged in robbery of bank in Lower Heidelberg

Suspect has 40-year criminal history, police say

LOWER HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. - A Reading man has been arrested and charged in the robbery of a bank in Berks County.

City officers apprehended Edward James Brown for an unrelated offense on Wednesday, a day after he allegedly robbed the Citizens Bank on Penn Avenue in Lower Heidelberg Township.

Brown admitted to detectives that he wasn't armed during the holdup, despite telling a bank employee, "I have a gun. Give me the money. $20 bills only," police said.

The teller gave him approximately $1,000, and Brown fled to a car parked on a neighboring lot, where he took off the sweatshirt he was wearing and replaced it with a bright orange t-shirt, which he was still wearing at the time of his arrest Wednesday, police said.

During questioning, Brown told detectives that he had more than $400 in $20 bills on him, police said.

When asked by police where the rest of the money was, Brown responded, "I did a lot of drugs yesterday."

Police said Brown, 61, is a "known drug user" who has a criminal history dating back 40 years. He was on parole at the time of the robbery. Bail on the bank robbery charges has not yet been set.

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