Police searching for Edmore bank robber

Posted by Daily News • Last Updated 9:21 am on Monday, April 01 2013

By Staff Writer Cory Smith and News Editor Elisabeth Waldon

Surveillance photos of the alleged robber.

The Chemical Bank in Edmore was robbed this morning. Authorities are cuurrently working to identify the suspect. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sgt. Mike Williams, left, and Sgt. Tom Goerge of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office exit the Chemical Bank in Edmore Saturday afternoon, which was robbed earlier in the day. — Daily News/Cory Smith

EDMORE — A man who allegedly robbed the Chemical Bank in Edmore on Saturday morning remains on the loose.

According to Lt. Steve Russell of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s office, a man entered the bank with a note asking for money and implied he was armed.

“A lone white male entered the bank and presented a note to the teller and implied that he had a weapon,” Russell said. “He left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.”

Russell said the suspect was in the bank for only a few minutes and no one was hurt.

“He left on foot, but we’re not sure at this point in which direction,” he said. “He was last seen walking out of the bank. It (appeared) he may have turned and headed west.”

Montcalm County sheriff’s officials canvassed the village Saturday with a K9 unit and contacted all nearby local businesses.

“We have done a complete scan of all of the downtown businesses,” Russell said. “We will get out video or still pictures out as soon as we can.”

According to Russell, the male suspect is described as being about 5 foot 6 inches to 5 foot 8 in height and 160 to 175 lbs. in weight. He is believed to have dark hair with a possible gray goatee and was wearing sunglasses. He was wearing a dark colored jacket that was partially zipped, a dark shirt and dark pants.

Russell said he believes the community is safe from danger and that the suspect has likely left the immediate area.

“The main thing now is we believe the people in this area are safe,” he said. “(The suspect) has probably left the area and the important thing is no weapon was shown, it was only implied.”

Russell said the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the FBI and will work with them to help in the investigation.

He added that he was unsure the last time a robbery of this magnitude had occured in the Edmore area.

“I know there have been robberies in this area before, but i believe it has been a long time,” he said.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Montcalm County Central Dispatch at (989) 831-5253 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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