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May 13, 2014

Sterling Heights TCF Bank robbed

By Eric Czarnik
C & G Staff Writer

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Sterling Heights TCF Bank robbed
Surveillance footage at a TCF Bank captures an image of a man who police say is a suspect in a May 5 bank robbery.

Cash from one bank teller was reportedly not enough for a man who robbed a Sterling Heights bank recently, according to police.

The robbery reportedly happened at around 11:30 a.m. May 5 at the TCF Bank, 40770 Dequindre Road, in Sterling Heights. After the suspect stepped inside the building, he reportedly went up to a bank teller and demanded money from her. Police reported that the suspect implied he was carrying a weapon.

The bank employee reportedly handed over some money, but when the suspect wanted more, she told him that she had no more to give, police said. The suspect reportedly replied with a vulgarity expressing disbelief and raised his jacket to reveal an object that police said could possibly have been weapon.

Then, the suspect demanded more money from another teller, which he received, police said. He then left the bank.

Police said the suspect was last seen running toward the back of a Kroger supermarket in the vicinity. Police said they searched the area with a K-9, but could not track down the suspect.

According to Lt. Luke Riley, the report did not indicate the presence of an exploding dye pack in the robbery. He said police have declined to publicly disclose how much money the suspect took from the bank.

Riley said police believe the suspect may have conducted other crimes in the region, adding that other banks have previously produced images with a similar suspect description.

“But we’re not certain it’s the same person,” Riley said.

Surveillance footage inside the bank helped police craft a description of the suspect as a white man between 30 and 40 years old who is of medium height and heavily built. He is described as sporting a Detroit Red Wings baseball cap over dark hair. He was dressed in a yellow pullover and blue jeans, police said.

Riley said he hasn’t counted the number of robberies in Sterling Heights this year, but he said he hasn’t noticed any particular trend compared to the past.

“We’ve always had bank robberies, even when times are good,” he said.

Anyone who has more information about this incident should call the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at eczarnik@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1058.