Last week, on Wednesday, July 11, two PNC Bank branches on East Carson Street were held up.
The first robbery took place just after 9 a.m. when police were called to the PNC branch in the 2600 block of East Carson Street. A bank employee reported to police a person approached the teller window and placed a tan plastic bag on the counter while saying. "Put all of your money in the bag."
The bank robber concealed his hand in his shirt, insinuating he may have a gun. The teller placed an undisclosed amount of cash into the bag.
The suspect then walked to a second teller and demanded the teller put money in the bag. The teller complied placing more cash in the bag and also reported that the suspect placed his hand in his shirt to insinuate he had a gun.
The then fled out of the bank turning onto East Carson and then onto 26th Street. No one was injured in the robbery and no gun was observed by the victims.
The suspect is described as a black man, 20-25 years old, 5'4", 120 lbs., medium complexion wearing a blue hoodie sweatshirt and dark blue baseball cap.
Pittsburgh Police Robbery Squad and the Major Crime Unit processed the scene. The Robbery Squad is conducting this investigation. Anyone who has information regarding the robbery is asked to contact the Robbery Squad at 412-323-7151. Callers may remain anonymous.
The second bank robbery happened a short while later at 10:10 a.m. when the PNC branch at 18th and East Carson was held up.
A bank employee told police the suspect had been waiting in line and approached the teller window saying, "Give me everything out your drawer." The teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of cash before he walked out of the bank. No one was injured during the robbery and a weapon wasn't seen by anyone in the bank.
Immediately a description was put out of the suspect and Robbery Squad detectives were able to apprehend the suspect within minutes. The suspect is identified as Joseph Moio, a 54 year old white man from Carrick.
Mr. Moio was transported to Police Headquarters for interviewing where he was was arrested and transported to the Allegheny County Jail and charged with two counts of robbery.