Bank robber strikes Monroe PNC

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  • 2022-05-24 19:59:26Z
  • By The Monroe News

A bank robber believed to have recently hit several banks in southeastern Michigan is suspected of robbing a PNC Bank in the City of Monroe Tuesday.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:40 p.m., according to a press release issued by the City of Monroe Police Department.

The black male suspect entered the bank located at 465 N. Telegraph Rd. and produced a note to a teller demanding an undisclosed amount of money. He then fled the scene westbound on foot.

The suspect has previously been described as a Black male, approximately 6-feet tall with a thin build. In this most recent incident, he was seen on security cameras wearing a black face mask, ball cap, and a blue and white Puma windbreaker.

"Officers responded immediately upon getting the call (of the robbery)," said City of Monroe Director of Public Safety, Chad Tolstedt. "We believe it is related to the other bank robberies going around Monroe County."

MPD is currently working with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the FBI Ann Arbor Office. If anyone can identify this subject, they are asked to contact Det. Merkle (734) 243-7517 or Det. Nelson (734) 243-7509.

"We're still working with the FBI to help identify the suspect, and we'll continue to work with them," Tolstedt said. "We believe we can bring this to a resolution, hopefully in the near future."

A man fitting the same description as the one alleged to have robbed the PNC Tuesday also robbed two other Monroe-area banks within the last few weeks.

Around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, the suspect walked into the First Merchants Bank, 14581 S. Dixie Hwy., in Monroe Township. Monroe County sheriff's detectives reported the suspect entered the bank, approached a teller and produced a note demanding money. The suspect implied he had a weapon, however it was not produced or observed.

The teller complied with the note and the suspect exited the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. It was the same method of operation that occurred on Thursday, May 12. In that incident, a man wearing a mask passed the teller a note demanding cash. Monroe Police reported no weapon was seen, but the suspect implied he was armed.

However, in the most recent robbery at First Merchants, deputies said the suspect fled in a vehicle. The robber was observed walking west through the bank parking lot, where he entered a black Nissan SUV with a temporary license plate affixed to the rear window.

No customers were in the bank at the time the incident occurred. No one was injured.

The same robber is believed to have committed other bank robberies this year in Flat Rock and in communities in and outside the state of Michigan.

This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Bank robber strikes Monroe PNC


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