State prison for cross-dressing York bank robber

Liz Evans Scolforo

A York City man must serve state prison time for robbing two banks while dressed like a woman.

Karibe Toyonn Beatty, 23, of North Tremont Street, was sentenced Oct. 24 in York County Court to a total of 8½ to 17 years in prison on two bank-robbery charges, according to deputy prosecutor Kimberly Kipnis.

Karibe Beatty

He pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 7 and was ordered to pay about $11,680 in restitution to the banks, court records state.

Beatty was wearing women's clothing when he robbed the PeoplesBank at 221 W. Philadelphia St. in York City on Aug. 28, 2015, according to Kipnis.

And he also wore women's clothing on Sept. 3, 2015, when he robbed the Members 1st Federal Credit Union at 2145 White St. in West Manchester Township, Kipnis said.

Court documents state that during that robbery, he tossed a note to a teller that demanded money and read, in part, "Hit alarm u die!"

He took a wad of bills from the teller and ran out the door, but apologized to the teller as he did so, police said at the time. He was wearing a curly black wig, a black blouse and dark sunglasses, police said.

ID'd by three: West Manchester Township Police sent video surveillance images of the robber to the media shortly afterward, leading three people to contact police and identify Beatty as the robber, including a York City police detective and a woman who knew it was Beatty because surveillance footage showed the robber, like Beatty, was missing the tip of his right index finger.

Police identify suspect in cross-dressing West Manchester Twp. bank robbery

Beatty's probation officer also positively identified him as being the robber after being shown photos, police said.

Beatty had been accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint at the Days Inn in Manchester Township on Jan. 24.

Northern York County Regional Police said he was texting with a 19-year-old woman and led her to believe he was a friend of hers named Shannon.

Karibe Beatty

They agreed to meet at the Days Inn, but when Beatty showed up, he pointed a gun at her face and stole $500 from her, charging documents had alleged.

In March 2015, Beatty pleaded guilty to theft in that case and robbery charges were dismissed, court records state.

His attorney, public defender Jim Rader, could not be reached for comment.

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Karibe Beatty