AUGUST 26, 2016

CONTACT: Chief Deputy Kevin M. Kraus, 412-350-4714


PITTSBURGH, PA - A collaborative law enforcement operation resulted in the arrest of Cleo McLee, 32, of McKees Rocks for committing several bank robberies throughout Allegheny County since July of this year.  Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office developed information indicating McLee was going to rob a bank late yesterday afternoon. 

Investigators conducted surveillance on McLee’s residence located in McKees Rocks yesterday afternoon.  They observed McLee exit the residence and get into a vehicle.  They noticed that McLee had applied makeup to his neck to conceal a prominent and visible tattoo. 

Investigators followed McLee from McKees Rocks to Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood where his vehicle was parked near the intersection of Murray Avenue and Beacon Street.  McLee got out of the car and walked directly towards the First Niagra Bank at that location.  As McLee was entering the bank, the investigators, along with a member of the Allegheny County Police Department, stopped and detained him.  After a brief struggle, McLee was placed into custody.

Investigators recovered a note in McLee’s possession that he intended to be used to demand cash in the denominations of $50 and $100 bills.  He was also in possession of a box cutter at the time of his arrest.

McLee is currently incarcerated at the Allegheny County and will be charged with additional counts of bank robbery relating to multiple cases in Allegheny County.