VIDEO: Greenville bank robbed at gunpoint

Posted by Ryan Jeltema • Last Updated 3:14 pm on Tuesday, November 15 2011

From left to right, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Fryc, Sheriff’s Det. Robert McVey, Greenville Department of Public Safety (GDPS) Officer Wayne Dillon, Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, GDPS Director Mike Stuk and an unidentified officer convene at Huntington Bank in Greenville.

GREENVILLE — Police are still looking for the suspect in an armed robbery at Huntington Bank in downtown Greenville on Wednesday.
The male suspect reportedly was armed with a semi-automatic handgun when he robbed the bank around 10:35 a.m. today, according to reports from police and Montcalm County Central Dispatch.
Greenville Department Public Safety Director Mike Stuck said the suspect walked into the bank and showed a gun to tellers before making off with an undisclosed amount of money. Police are investigating whether the suspect said anything to the tellers or passed a note demanding money.
“We’re still trying to get that all squared away right now,” Stuck said.
No injuries were reported.
Police described the suspect as a white male about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing light jeans, a black and white plaid jacket, a blue glove and gray glove and blue ski mask with a winter hat that covers his ears.
He was last seen heading east from the scene. He allegedly cut through an alley and ran into the neighborhood before police lost sight of him.
Police were notified of the robbery when a holdup alarm activated in the bank. The alarm monitoring company called Montcalm County Central Dispatch moments later to say there was a robbery taking place.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation spent much of Wednesday morning at the bank collecting evidence with local authorities.
Zoe Kelly of Appleland Realty in Greenville was in the Huntington Bank drive-through on Franklin Street around 10:30 a.m. when the robbery was taking place.
“I had no idea it was being robbed,” she said. “I didn’t see anything and the tellers didn’t seem like anything was going on.”
Jenny Bennett of Hansen’s Music Store on Lafayette Street was helping customers when the alleged robber was making his getaway in the area.
“We didn’t see anything,” she said. “I only saw (the police officers) light up their cars.”
Police canvassed the neighborhoods between the Flat River and Lafayette Street (M-91) and around the northeast side of Greenville. They also walked the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail along the river north and south of Washington Street (M-57).
The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police took part in the search. A sheriff’s K9 search team worked in the area.
Greg Keates watched the K9 team follow a scent around the block from his business on Lafayette Street.
The bank, which is located at 203 S. Lafayette St., was closed for the day and the entire building was locked down.
Staff writers Kelli Ameling, Elisabeth Waldon and Cory Smith contributed to this report.

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