Bank Robber Arrested


Police respond to the robbery at Citizens Bank on Fifth Avenue on Monday afternoon. Stephen Caruso | Assistant Sports Editor

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

The Pittsburgh police have arrested the man who robbed Citizens Bank in Oakland Monday afternoon.

Police arrested Calvin Leavy, 61, around 9 p.m., on Sept. 29, for one charge of robbery and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. According to the criminal complaint, Leavy was charged for stealing $1,680 from the Citizens Bank at 3718 Fifth Ave., and for possession of crack cocaine and a crack pipe.

Police arrested Leavy, who is homeless, Tuesday evening in the parking garage of UPMC Montefiore, according to police spokesperson Emily Schaffer. Police arrested Leavy after UPMC security recognized him from bank surveillance pictures that police officers left at the hospital after the robbery.

Leavy admitted the robbery to police Tuesday and told police he had previously robbed two other banks back in 1999.

According to the police’s criminal complaint, Leavy said he robbed the bank because he needed money to buy a gun. Leavy told police he believed a gang in East Liberty “was out to get him,” and that all he owned for protection was a 12-inch Phillips head screwdriver.

Leavy entered the bank on Monday afternoon around 4:45 p.m., handed teller Rachael Donovan a note and said, “Put all the money in the bag. I don’t want to hurt you,” and “only big bills, 100s and 50s.” Leavy also told Donovan he had a gun.

After Donovan filled Leavy’s bag with money, Leavy fled east on Forbes Avenue toward the William Pitt Union and caught the P-3 bus to East Liberty. Leavy told police he later went to the casino — where he spent most of the money he stole. Leavy also said he spent “a lot” of the money on crack cocaine.

Back in Oakland on Tuesday, Leavy entered the parking garage of UPMC Montefiore where two security officers detained him after he offered one of them $20, saying, “It looks like you could use this.” Sitting in the security office, Leavy admitted to the security officers he had robbed Citizens Bank.

Police arrived shortly after and arrested him.

Leavy is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail and is awaiting a preliminary hearing on Oct. 13, at 8 a.m.

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