Bank robbed at 15th & Market

The FBI and Philadelphia police are looking for the man who held up the Sovereign Bank branch at 15th and Market streets yesterday morning and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

The man entered the bank shortly after 8 a.m. and threatened a teller. He said that he had a gun but no gun was seen. He was described as a black man in his early 30s, of medium height and build, wearing a black knit cap and a green Rocawear jacket. Anyone with information about his identity should call the FBI at 215-418-4000, or 9-1-1.

'Wanted list' suspect nabbed

Philadelphia police on Friday arrested Ishaq Ibrahim, 23, a suspect in an Upper Darby Township bank robbery, on narcotics charges and related offenses. Upper Darby police said that they will lodge a detainer against Ibrahim in the robbery case.

Ibrahim, aka Anwar Jones, of Lindbergh Boulevard near 86th Street, Southwest Philadelphia, was picked up in North Philadelphia. He appeared in the Daily News' "Week's Most Wanted" list yesterday. He was being sought by Upper Darby police in the robbery of the TD Bank branch at Garrett Road and Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill.

Mummers-viewing tix on sale

Tickets to the New Year's Mummers Parade are now on sale. Tickets for grandstand seating at City Hall may be purchased at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets. Tickets are also on sale for the Fancy Brigade Finale at noon and 5 p.m. on New Year's Day at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Single tickets are $20 for center seats and $15 for side-view seats. Tickets for groups of 25 or more are $18 and $13. Children 3 and under are admitted free.

Snowbank foils bank getaway Camden County authorities announced the arrest of two brothers yesterday in the armed robbery earlier of the Bank of America branch on Market Street in Camden. Police grabbed the suspects after their getaway car rammed a snow bank.

The suspects were identified as Christopher Passamante, 43, and his brother, Adrian Passamante, 41, both of Camden. Christopher was arrested in the car and his brother nearby a short time later. Authorities suspect that Adrian robbed the same bank last June 18.

Turnpike to upgrade signs

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has launched a program to upgrade the overhead message boards that provide information to motorists about accidents, congestion and weather conditions.

Earlier this month, the authority awarded a $25.6 million contract to a South Dakota firm to build up to 240 electronic variable message signs and 160 variable speed limit signs.

The new message boards will be erected on both the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.

- Staff and wire reports