FBI has no leads on Greenville robbery


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:34 pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

GREENVILLE — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has taken over the investigation of an armed bank robbery in Greenville, but they don’t have much to go on.
Greenville Department of Public Safety (GDPS) Director Mike Stuck said a man walked into Huntington Bank downtown just after 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday and showed a gun to tellers before making off with an undisclosed amount of money.
The man left the scene on foot, cutting through an alley and running into the residential neighborhood east of the downtown area before police lost sight of him.
Police describe 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 a gray glove and blue ski mask with a winter hat that covered his ears.
“We have no information whatsoever,” said FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent John King from his Grand Rapids office. “He was pretty covered up so the description is pretty generic, which doesn’t leave us a whole lot to go on.”
King said the suspect showed a gun to a bank employee during the robbery. King declined to specify what the suspect allegedly said during the incident and isn’t sure if there is photo or video surveillance footage.
“Usually, if we have footage, we try to get it out to the media right away,” he said.
King requested the public’s help in apprehending the robber.
“If anybody has any information about the bank robbery, let the local police department, Silent Observer or the FBI know,” he said. “If anybody has seen somebody that fits the description or has an unexplained amount of wealth, please tell the authorities. Typically people who rob banks are out spending the money.”
People can call the GDPS at (616) 754-9161, Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345 or the FBI office in Grand Rapids at (616) 456-5489.
King said the public shouldn’t be too concerned about their own safety after the incident. He encouraged people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
“Bank robberies are typically a reactive type of crime,” he said. “Sometimes there’s not a lot of thought put into them, it’s usually based on the need of individuals. Typically the individuals are desperate and need to make some money fast. They think that going into a bank is a way to obtain currency fast.”

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