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Mayor Robs Bank, Surrenders Soon After

Mon., Dec. 29, 1997

A suburban Philadelphia mayor who lost his recent bid for re-election walked into a bank in broad daylight, told a teller he had a bomb and left with $1,500, police said.

About 1-1/2 hours later, Daniel F. Devlin, mayor of nearby Darby, surrendered to police and returned the money from the Friday holdup. He was charged with robbery, terroristic threats and related charges. He was freed on $15,000 bail.

Devlin, 51, who served one four-year term before losing last month’s election, apparently was distraught about money because he had lost his job as a representative with the Pennsylvania state lottery, police said.

Devlin walked into the Mellon PSFS Bank around noon Friday, wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, police said. He did not have a bomb.

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