'Normal' man robs bank, disappears; reward offered

C&G Newspapers | Published May 20, 2015

 Police are searching for information about a man who robbed a Chase Bank May 19.

Police are searching for information about a man who robbed a Chase Bank May 19.

Photo provided by Clinton Township Police


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred Tuesday, May 19.

The incident took place at the Chase Bank located at 20755 North Nunneley, just east of Groesbeck Highway near Metropolitan Parkway.

At approximately 4:20 p.m., a male suspect entered the bank and approached the teller. He presented a note that asked for all of the $100, $50 and $20 bills. He was given $1,566, grabbed the note he originally presented and then left the bank without incident.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the bank robber, a white male who witnesses estimated to be between 33-37 years old, around 6 feet tall and around 200-220 pounds.

The man was wearing a light gray denim cap with no logo, a blue mid-sleeve button down shirt with diamond patterns and light-colored blue jeans. He appeared clean shaven.

Township Det. Joseph Burns said police have no idea which direction the suspect left the scene. He also said the note sounded pretty plain and non-threatening, with the suspect demanding the bills and then saying he will walk out with the money.

The only witnesses were employees, and everything happened pretty quickly.

“I don’t think anyone knew what was happening,” Burns said. “The tellers said the guy looked so normal, he was a normal-dressed guy.

“About two minutes had passed since he passed the note and left.”

Nobody was hurt in the robbery, and there was no dye pack in the money.

As for whether the suspect acted alone, surveillance video never showed a vehicle waiting for the man in the parking lot. Burns said township police were in the area fairly quickly and didn’t see anyone running away or anything of the sort.

He said it’s all conjecture at this point, but the fact they didn’t see the man in nearby neighborhoods combined with how the K-9 track went cold quickly usually points to a vehicle of some sort.

Crime Stoppers is offering an undetermined reward to anyone who provides information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has further information is asked to call Burns at (586) 493-7839 or (586) 493-7851.