Friday, March 8, 2013

FBI connects Cedar City bank robber to heists in Idaho



SALT LAKE CITY – Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have linked the man who robbed the Mountain America Credit Union in Cedar City on Feb. 26 with four other bank robberies in Idaho.
According to a statement from the FBI, along with the credit union in Cedar City, three banks in Boise, Idaho, and one bank in Garden City, Idaho, were robbed between Dec. 21, 2012 and March 6, 2013.
Surveillance photo of the suspect involved in multiple bank robberies in Utah and Idaho, March 6, 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Surveillance photo of the suspect involved in multiple bank robberies in Utah and Idaho, March 6, 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
The robbery at Mountain America Credit Union occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, causing a nearby elementary school to be put into lockdown until about 3:30 p.m. The serial bank robber gave a bank teller a note demanding money. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and left the bank.
In other instances the man has made verbal demands, yet has never been reported to carry a weapon.
Witnesses to the bank robberies have generally described him as a white male, approximately 50-60 years old with grey hair. Some witnesses have described him as 5 feet 9-1o inches tall and weighing 145-180 pounds.
His clothing description has varied, but he has been seen in: blue jeans; gray, green, and navy blue jackets; white sneakers; glasses; a green ball cap; and carrying a red bag. He was seen wearing what is believed to be a fake beard during a robbery in Boise, Idaho, on March 6.
Anyone who believes they may know the identity of this bank robber is asked to contact the FBI Salt Lake City Division at 801-579-1400. The public is reminded not to approach the individual and to contact law enforcement with information.
The subject has been linked to the following bank robberies in Idaho and Utah:
  • March 6, 2013: U.S. Bank on Five Mile and Fairview in Boise, Idaho
  • February 26, 2013: Mountain America Credit Union on Royal Hunte Drive in Cedar City, Utah
  • January 22, 2013: Wells Fargo Bank on Five Mile and Ustick in Boise, Idaho
  • January 4, 2013: Washington Trust Bank on State Street in Garden City, Idaho
  • December 21, 2012: Chase Bank on Federal Way in Boise, Idaho

Surveillance photo of a  suspect possibly  involved in multiple bank robberies in Utah and Idaho, February 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Surveillance photo of a suspect possibly involved in multiple bank robberies in Utah and Idaho, February 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Surveillance photo of the suspect involved in the Mountain America Credit Union robbery, Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Cedar City Police Department
Surveillance photo of the suspect involved in the Mountain America Credit Union robbery, Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Cedar City Police Department
Surveillance photo of a  suspect possibly  involved in multiple bank robberies in Utah and Idaho, February 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Surveillance photo of a suspect possibly involved in multiple bank robberies in Utah and Idaho, February 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

News article courtesy stgeorgeutah.com