Armed Robbers Target Bank Inside Crowded Main Line Grocery Store

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    The Citizens Bank inside the ACME at the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center was held up at gunpoint Monday night. Two men wearing disguises forced a security guard to get down on his knees, while the store was packed with shoppers, according to police. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn spoke with startled shoppers, and says this is the third time the bank was robbed in the past year. (Published Monday, Apr 7, 2014)

    It was a normal Monday night for Jack Moore at the Lower Merion ACME grocery store on City Avenue. That was until he spotted two men approach the small Citizens bank branch inside the store.

    “Two gentlemen came in,” Moore said. “One with sort of a fake beard and the other with a scarf over his face.”

    Witnesses say one of the men pointed a gun at the security guard while another placed a plastic bag over the counter with a note demanding money.

    “I saw the security guard who works at the ACME put his hands in the air and get down on his knees,” Moore said.

    The men then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money. According to witnesses, the robbery occurred shortly before 7 p.m. when the bank branch closes. At that time the grocery store was packed with shoppers.

    “If someone is bold enough to do that in a crowded store and in an area that is well policed, they could really harm someone,” said Ruth Birchett. “I hope there are good pictures of them because we need them off the street.”

    An ACME employee told NBC10 that robbers also targeted the store last February as well as in February of 2013.

    While Lower Merion Police arrived at the scene Monday night, they have not yet released an official statement on the robbery or descriptions of the suspects.