2012-03-15 / Front Page

Third Saginaw Charter Township bank robbed on Monday

BY PATTI BRANDT

Saginaw Township saw its third armed robbery of a bank in less than two months at about 10 a.m. Monday, when a man entered the Bank of America at 4815 State St., produced a handgun and forced bank tellers to give him money from the cash drawer, according to the Saginaw Township Police Department.

The suspect is described as a darkskinned black male in his 20s, about 6-feet, 2-inches tall and 160 pounds, police said. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark blue nylon coat and a grey, hooded sweatshirt, with a white scarf covering his face. Police said the suspect left the bank on foot and headed east on State Street.

This is the third armed robbery of a Saginaw Township bank since the end of January, said Lt. Gary P. Grauf. Independent Bank, 1445 N. Center Road, was hit Jan. 30 and United Financial Credit Union, 2510 Weiss St., was hit Feb. 6.

Police think the suspect in all three robberies is the same person.

“His description is nearly the same, his M.O. is the same, in all three he hopped up on the counter and jumped over … there’s lots of similarities,” Grauf said.

In all three cases, Grauf said, there have been no witnesses to the suspect leaving the bank, running away or getting into a car.

Police are asking residents who live near any bank to be alert for a person who may be dropping off a person and then circling the area to pick the person up again. Anybody witnessing such behavior should call 911 and report it. An officer will be dispatched to check the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Saginaw Township Police Department at 793-2310, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL.

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