Alleged Mask-Wearing robber indicted
PHILADELPHIA – Blair Thomas, Jr., 29, of East Lansdowne, PA, was charged today, by indictment with the robbery of a bank in Springfield, PA, and the attempted armed robberies of postal employees in Yeadon and in Darby, PA, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Thomas is also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the indictment, on January 22, 2014, Thomas, armed with a .45-caliber Ruger, attempted to rob a United States Postal Service employee at the Yeadon Post Office, located at 709 Church Lane, of money orders. On that same date, Thomas, again armed with a .45-caliber Ruger, attempted to rob a United States Postal Service employee at the Darby Post Office, located at 801 Main Street, of money orders. On January 23, 2014, it is alleged that Thomas robbed the Wells Fargo Bank, at 888 Baltimore Pike in Springfield, of approximately $1,890. According to a criminal complaint filed on January 29, 2014, on each of the incidents Thomas wore a mask to disguise his appearance.
If convicted of these charges, Thomas faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison with a maximum sentence of life, up to five years of supervised release, a fine of up to $1.5 million, and a $600 special assessment.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Delaware also indicted Thomas today on separate federal charges (for more information on that case, go to www.justice.gov/usao/de).
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Natali.
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, EASTERN DISTRICTof PENNSYLVANIA
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