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Police hunt for Schuylkill County bank robber

Police believe he tried to rob Hazleton bank before hitting bank in Rush Twp.

Bank robbed in Schuylkill County

RUSH TWP., Pa. - A Schuylkill County bank was robbed Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say the Mauch Chunk Trust Company in the 200 block of Claremont Avenue in Rush Township was robbed around 2 p.m.

Rush Township Police say a male wearing pantyhose over his face, white sunglasses and Philadelphia Phillies baseball cap entered the bank and made off with an unbeknown amount of money.

As of early Wednesday afternoon, police report there have been no arrests

The man fled the scene in a Ford Explorer Sport Trac four-door pickup truck.

A witness at the scene told police the truck's license plate was HCS-9343, which came up in the system as a stolen vehicle.

Soon after the robbery, the truck was involved in a hit-and-run accident with another vehicle on South Poplar Street in Hazleton.

Police say $164 in dyed cash was recovered from that hit-and-run accident.

Police confirm a vehicle matching the same description fled the scene of an attempted robbery at the First National Community Bank on West Broad Street in Hazleton, about 45 minutes before the robbery at Mauch Chunk Trust Bank.

In the Hazleton incident, the male tried to open the door to the bank but was thwarted by the security system and could not get through the locked door in the foyer of the building.

Anyone with information is asked to call Rush Township Police at 570-668-4242 or 911.

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