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February 8, 2013

Comerica Bank robbed at gunpoint

Police believe the suspect could be involved in other robberies nearby

By Tiffany Esshaki
C & G Staff Writer

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Comerica Bank robbed at gunpoint
Police are searching for this robbery suspect.

According to police, Comerica Bank, 1712 W. Maple Road, was robbed at gunpoint the morning of Feb. 8. More than $9,000 was taken during the incident.

Birmingham police Lt. Mike Albrecht said the lone suspect entered the bank just after 10 a.m., approached the tellers with a handgun and demanded money. The tellers complied, and the man fled the bank on foot, running westbound on the sidewalk. No one was injured during the robbery.

It’s believed the man ran to a vehicle waiting nearby and left the area, though at this time there’s no description of the vehicle.

The suspect is described as a black man, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. Surveillance video shows the man to be wearing a black ski mask, a black hat, a black hooded sweatshirt, black gloves and dark-colored snow pants.

“It looks like he could possibly be the same suspect that was involved in the Royal Oak and Madison Heights robberies,” said Albrecht of similar incidents that are thought to have been perpetrated by a suspect wearing the same clothing.

The Birmingham Police Department is working with the FBI at this time to further investigate the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Albrecht at (248) 530-1762.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki at tesshaki@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1095.