Man robs Roy bank; police seek suspect

Nov 19 2009 - 9:54pm

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Bank surveillance camera frame (teller's head was blacked out to conceal her identity)
Bank surveillance camera frame.
Bank surveillance camera frame (teller's head was blacked out to conceal her identity)
Bank surveillance camera frame (teller's head was blacked out to conceal her identity)
Bank surveillance camera frame.
Bank surveillance camera frame (teller's head was blacked out to conceal her identity)

ROY -- Police are still looking for a man who robbed an America First Credit Union branch Wednesday morning, and are asking for the public's help in trying to find him.

Police Chief Greg Whinham said the man went into the credit union inside the Roy Harmons, 5370 S. 1900 West, about 10 a.m. and passed a yellow note to the teller, demanding money.

"It indicated that he wanted money and specifically stated how much money," Whinham said.

The note also said that he had a weapon, but Whinham said he did not know whether the robber ever showed a weapon to the teller, or if he even had a weapon on him. The man fled on foot, with an undetermined amount of cash.

"He left the bank with cash in hand, we believe traveling southbound," Whinham said.

The robber is described as a Caucasian or Hispanic man, about 6 feet tall, wearing a black hood, a plaid jacket and black pants and a fake beard.

Scott Nielsen had just delivered eggs to the store and returned to his Rogers Egg Farm truck in the loading area, which was blocked in by a black SUV. Nielsen watched as three Roy Police cars sped toward him and stopped. Officers jumped out with their weapons drawn, then three more police cars came in from the opposite direction.

"They all went around the side of the building, but I sure didn't want to peek around the side to see what they were doing," Nielsen said.

His truck was still blocked, so Nielsen waited, and after several minutes, four officers came back around the building surrounding a skinny, long-haired man dressed in dark, baggy pants and a ripped T-shirt. He was put in a police car as the vehicle blocking Nielsen's truck was moved, so Nielsen left the scene.

Whinham said the man who was initially apprehended matched the initial description of the robber, but was soon cleared and allowed to leave. He said the man had nothing to do with the robbery.

Whinham said the robber had to have prepared to enter the credit union in some way, by putting the beard on his face or the hood on his head. Whinham hopes someone may have seen him do this and can provide a better description.

Police are asking anyone who saw a man matching the description of the robber to call Weber Dispatch, (801) 629-8221.

This is the first robbery at a Roy America First Credit Union in recent history, Whinham said. He said bank robberies do not happen often in Roy, with no other robberies in 2009, and one in 2008. Two banks were robbed in 2006.

 

Updated 10:52 p.m.

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ROY aEU" Police are still looking for a man who robbed an America First Credit Union branch this morning.

They are asking for the publicaEU(tm)s help in finding the robber. Anyone with information about the robber can call Roy Police at (801) 774-1063.

Police Chief Greg Whinham said a bearded man described as 6 feet tall, dressed in black, wearing a hooded jacket went to the credit union inside the Roy Harmons, 5370 S. 1900 West, just before 10 a.m. today. The man did not display a weapon, but gave a teller a note that said he had a weapon and demanded money, Whinham said. He was unsure at 11 a.m. if a weapon had actually been shown.

A witness to the police response said he believes police have a suspect in custody matching the description Whinham provided.

Scott Nielsen had just delivered eggs to the store and returned to his Rogers Egg Farm truck out back in the loading area, which was blocked in by a black SUV. Nielsen watched as three Roy Police cars sped toward him and stopped. Officers jumped out with their weapons drawn, then three more police cars came in from the opposite direction.

aEUoeThey all went around the side of the building, but I sure didnaEU(tm)t want to peek around the side to see what they were doing,aEU Nielsen said.

His truck was still blocked so Nielsen waited and after several minutes, four officers came back around the building surrounding a skinny, long-haired man dressed in dark, baggy pants and a ripped t-shirt. He was put in a police car as the vehicle blocking NielsenaEU(tm)s truck was moved, so Nielsen also left the scene.

Whinham said police are unsure how much the man took, or what kind of weapon he used.

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