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Reading police seeking credit union robbery suspect

City police are looking for a man they believe robbed a credit union Monday afternoon after unsuccessfully trying to rob another bank minutes earlier.

Josue Rivera-Reyes, 44, of the 100 block of North Ninth Street is wanted on five counts of robbery and two counts of robbery of a financial institution.

Reading police gave this account:

Rivera-Reyes — wearing a black hat and face covering — entered the Pagoda Credit Union in the 800 block of Washington Street at about 12:10 p.m. Monday and told an employee he needed a withdrawal slip.

The employee told him withdrawal slips were no longer used and asked for his Social Security number to look up his account.

Rivera-Reyes provided a number but then said to the employee, “Give me the money, I don’t want to hurt you.”

A second employee at the credit union, unaware of the attempted robbery taking place, then approached Rivera-Reyes and told him he had to remove his face covering.

Rivera-Reyes responded by running out of the bank, using the Washington Street exit. He did not obtain any money.

About 10 minutes later, Rivera-Reyes entered the Visions Credit Union in the first block of North Sixth Street. He approached a teller, reached over the counter and demanded money.

Rivera-Reyes had his hand on his waistband and made threats claiming he was armed. He was able to obtain $1,000 in cash before fleeing.

Security cameras captured both incidents, and Reading police officers were able to use the images to identify Rivera-Reyes as the man involved in each case. Further investigation showed that the Social Security number he provided at Pagoda was the same as his own, except the last digit was one number higher.

Source: Berkshire mont

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