Two downtown banks robbed within 10 minutes of each other Thursday morning

Two downtown banks were robbed about 10 minutes apart on Thursday morning. The FBI is now seeking help in identifying the perpetrators, according to two press releases issued this afternoon.

The first incident was perpetrated by an individual at Santander Bank at 1101 Market Street around 11 a.m. The second happened about 10 minutes later, when two robbers hit Wells Fargo Bank at 2005 Market Street.

During the first robbery, the suspect entered the bank and handed a sight note to the teller before fleeing on foot with an unspecified amount of cash.

He was described as a black male between the ages of 18 and 21 and between 5ft 3in and 5ft 5in tall. He had on a blue mask, black pants, and a puffy black jacket with brown fur on the hood.

During the second robbery, the two subjects gave the cashier a threatening note and then fled on foot.

The first subject was described as a black male between 60 and 70 years old. He was between 5ft 4in and 5ft 6in tall and wore a ski mask with a coat and work boots, all black, with beige pants and mirrored glasses.

He was accompanied by a black woman who was between 5’2″ and 5’4″ tall with an average build. She wore a gray sweatshirt, a black scarf and a blue mask. She was also carrying a dark colored bag.

Downtown banks have become a frequent target lately. The FBI issued a press release on Tuesday about another bank robber they are looking for. It has hit neighborhood banks seven times in the past four months.

All of these subjects are considered armed and dangerous.

People with information about these thefts or the subjects are asked to call the FBI/Philadelphia Police Department‘s Violent Crimes Task Force at 215-418-4000 or go to

A reward is offered for any information leading to the capture of one of these subjects. Tipsters can remain anonymous.