World's dumbest criminal? Serial robber caught while escaping bank on SEPTA bus

A man suspected to be involved with at least five robberies in Philadelphia, including three in a row on Tuesday, was nabbed after the latest heist when he tried to escape on a SEPTA bus.

Daniel Connelly. Credit: PPD Daniel Connelly. Credit: PPDst crimina

 

A man suspected to be involved with at least five robberies in Philadelphia, including three in a row on Tuesday, was nabbed after the latest heist when he tried to escape on a SEPTA bus.

 

Daniel Connelly, 28, of the 7300 block of Roosevelt Boulevard, allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo Bank on the Boulevard north of Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia around 4:45 on Tuesday, police said.

 

Connelly, who police say had robbed a Viriva Credit Union and Wawa convenience store earlier that same day, gave a teller a threatening note and took an undisclosed amount of money that was packaged with a tracking device.

 

Police officers were sent to follow the tracking device, which was traveling south on Roosevelt, according to the police report.

Police spotted the bus near Shelmire Street and stopped it at Cottman Avenue, where Connelly was reportedly arrested without incident.

Police said Connelly is charged with the following robberies between June 14 and June 24, all in Northeast Philadelphia:

-3rd Federal Bank at 2601 Orthodox Street on June 14
-Republic Bank at 7300 Frankford Avenueon June 19
-Viriva Credit Union at 7346 Frankford Avenue on June 24
-Wells Fargo Bank at 9101 Roosevelt Boulevard on June 24
-WAWA at 6400 Torresdale Avenueon June 24

 
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