Alleged Edmore bank robber kills self in Georgia

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 3:42 pm on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

A surveillance photo of the Edmore bank robbery.


A surveillance photo of the Galesburg bank robbery.


A surveillance photo from the Brown City bank robbery. (Courtesy/The Sandusky Tribune)


A surveillance photo of the Yale bank robbery. (Courtesy/The Tri-City Times)


ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A man allegedly robbed four Michigan banks in one month and walked away from each one without being caught, including a bank in Edmore.

In the end, a traffic jam proved to be his downfall.

Jack David Kaiser, 53, of Las Vegas, Nevada, shot and killed himself after a police chase in Georgia on Tuesday afternoon.

A mugshot of bank robbery suspect Jack Kaiser.

The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety’s 911 center was contacted by law enforcement officials in St. Claire near Detroit who believed Kaiser was traveling through Georgia toward Alpharetta on Tuesday, according to Department of Public Safety Executive Officer George Gordon.

An Alpharetta police lieutenant spotted Kaiser’s vehicle and requested back-up units. Kaiser refused to stop for police and a slow speed chase ensued. Kaiser pulled into a strip mall parking lot and attempted to lose police, but his vehicle was blocked by a congested traffic flow as he tried to exit the parking lot.

As armed police officers surrounded Kaiser’s vehicle, Kaiser pulled out a handgun and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The investigation continues by our criminal investigative divisions detectives,” Gordon said.

Kaiser first allegedly robbed the Chemical Bank in Edmore on Saturday morning, March 30.

Less than two weeks later, he allegedly robbed the PNC Bank in Galesburg, about 100 miles south of Edmore, on Friday afternoon, April 12.

Less than one week later, he allegedly robbed the Tri-County Bank in Brown City, about 170 miles northeast of Galesburg, on Thursday afternoon, April 18.

Just over one week later, he rallegedly obbed the CSB (Capac State Bank) in Yale, about 15 miles southeast of Brown City, on Saturday morning, April 27.

This interactive map shows the path of the robberies. Click on the markers for more information of the locations.

In all four robberies, Kaiser allegedly showed a note to the teller, implying that he had a gun and asking for money. All four times, he left each bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

In all four robberies, Kaiser allegedly brazenly walked into each bank without any sort of disguise, save the accessories of sunglasses or a baseball cap. Once he wore a T-shirt sporting the Mustang car logo. Another time he wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the American flag and the words “USA.”

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