December 13, 2011 |

Police nab men who robbed three area banks

On Tuesday, Dec. 6 Zone 6 Officers responded to the Community Bank in 700 block of Brookline Blvd. for report of a bank robbery.

Michael E. Laughlin

A description was put out identifying the actor as a white man, 30-40 years old with a thin build wearing a baseball cap with the letter "P," dark blue jacket with hood, wire rimmed glasses and jeans.

A bank employee reported the suspect approached her wearing a hood over his head and demanded "100s and 50s…no small bills." It was also reported the suspect held his hand over his waistband area indicating he was armed.

The suspect handed the teller a manila envelop in which to place the money. The suspect then fled on food across Brookline Blvd. toward Bellaire between the houses. Pittsburgh police robbery detectives and the Major Crime Unit responded to investigate.

Through the ongoing investigation of a Mount Washington Parkvale Bank robbery on November 29, detectives were able to determine after conducting surveillance, the actor in the Community Bank robbery fit the same modus operandi of the Parkvale Bank robbery.

The detectives investigation led them to able to obtain a warrant for the arrest of Michael E. Laughlin from the Brookline area. Mr. Laughlin was then arrested last week in the Carrick area for the robbery of the Parkvale Bank; in connection with the Huntington Bank robbery in Carrick on September 8; and, the Community Bank robbery. He will face robbery charges in all three bank robberies.

On December 6, detectives arrested Terrell Gorman, 46, of Carrick for his involvement in the Community Bank Robbery with Mr. Laughlin. Mr. Gorman was arrested at Police Headquarters as a co-conspirator along with Mr. Laughlin in the Huntington, Parkvale and Community Bank robberies.

Mr. Gorman was charged with robbery and co-conspiracy and transported to the Allegheny County Jail for processing.

The Pittsburgh Police Robbery Squad is conducting the investigation. Anyone who has information regarding this robbery is asked to contact the Robbery Squad at 412-323-7151. Callers may remain anonymous.

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