THE FBI is asking the public to help investigators identify two bandits who are responsible for separate bank robberies in the city.

One of the crooks tried to rob a Bank of America on Welsh Road near Blue Grass in Northeast Philadelphia yesterday morning - a day after his photo was featured in the People Paper's "Catch Me If You Can" item.

(Clearly, he's not a devoted reader.)

The robber, who was clad in jeans, white sneakers, a gray baseball cap and a navy Nike hooded sweatshirt, passed a demand note to a Bank of America teller, but then took off without grabbing any loot.

The FBI said the same man robbed a Bridesburg Citizens Bank on May 18. He's described as white, about 5 feet 8 inches, with a blond mustache and goatee, and tattoos on both sides of his neck.

Federal agents are also trying to identify and arrest the armed crook who held up a Wells Fargo on Castor Avenue near Magee Avenue in Oxford Circle on Thursday.

The thief, who wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, gloves and covered his face with a ski mask or cloth, threatened a clerk with a silver handgun and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The FBI said he's a Hispanic or light-complected black man in his 20s who's about 5-8 with a medium build.

Tipsters can contact the FBI at 215-418-4000, or call 9-1-1.

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