Police receive tips on wanted bank robber in Roy

Jul 9 2012 - 7:48pm

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Bank robbery suspect
Bank robbery suspect
Bank robbery suspect
Bank robbery suspect

ROY -- Police have received about a dozen tips, but have not been able to identify a robber who passed a note to a bank teller Friday, demanding cash and stating that he has four months to live.

"We haven't found him yet," Roy Police Chief Gregory G. Whinham said Monday. "We are theorizing that he's not from our area."

The man robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 5603 South 1900 West around 4:30 p.m. Friday. The same man is also suspected of robbing the Ireland Bank in Pocatello, Idaho, earlier in the day.

Roy police have been unable to verify the man's claim that he only has four months to live, said Whinham. Though several tipsters have claimed to know the robber's identity, none of the leads have panned out. One tip led police to a man who could not have committed the robberies because he's incarcerated in the Utah State Prison in Draper, said Whinham.

Police in Roy and Pocatello are sharing information about the robberies. Roy police are checking to see if any robberies in June in surrounding states have any matches to the Wells Fargo heist, Whinham said.

Pocatello Police Lt. Paul Manning said Monday the robber, who did not appear to have a weapon, wrote a note on an envelope and handed it to a teller. However, the note did not indicate that robber only had a few months to live, he said.

It's also unknown why the man chose Ireland Bank, as it's on one of Pocatello's busiest streets.

"Cops drive by there every 10 minutes," he said. "It would be like Washington Boulevard (in Ogden)."

It's also doubtful the man has ties to the Pocatello area, because he didn't try to hide his appearance during the robbery.

"He didn't think he would be recognized," Manning said.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Roy police at 801-629-8221.

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