ROY — A man who robbed banks in Roy and Pocatello on July 6 is also a suspect in bank heists in Colorado and Arizona in June, police say.
The man robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 5603 S. 1900 West of an undisclosed amount of cash by passing a threatening note to a teller stating he only has four months to live, said Roy Police Chief Gregory G. Whinham.
The man’s claim that he’s dying hasn’t been confirmed by police.
The same man is also suspected of robbing the Ireland Bank in Pocatello just a few hours before the Wells Fargo Bank in Roy.
Pocatello Police Lt. Paul Manning has said the robber, who did not appear to have a weapon, wrote a note on an envelope and handed it to a teller at the Ireland Bank. However, the note did not indicate that robber only had a few months to live, he said.
It is also unknown why the man chose Ireland Bank, as it’s on one of Pocatello’s busiest streets.
In addition, the robber held up banks in Arvada, Colo., on June 21 and Flagstaff, Ariz., on June 26, based on security camera photos of the heists, Whinham said Thursday. The names of the banks were not immediately available.
Roy police are sharing information with multiple law enforcement agencies to identify and ultimately catch the bandit.
“There are several jurisdictions and the FBI working together,” Whinham said.
The robber’s route, which took him to Colorado, then to Arizona, to Idaho and to Utah, is odd, said Whinham, who believes the bandit may strike again.
“I can’t imagine he would stop now.”
The man is described as white, medium build, 50 to 60 years old, with gray receding hair and a mustache.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Roy police at 801-629-8221.