Police seek suspects in Grosse Pointe Woods bank robberies

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 10, 2014

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In a matter of four days, the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department responded to two separate bank robberies.

It’s an unusual event for Grosse Pointe Woods, which hasn’t had a bank robbery in the city in years.

“(The) last bank robbery was May 18, 2011,” City Administrator/Acting Public Safety Director Al Fincham said in an email.

In the first incident, police are looking for a man who walked into Talmer Bank at 20460 Mack on Sept. 9, passed a note announcing a robbery to the teller, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a black man between 5 feet 7 and 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and who weighed about 150 pounds. He had a full beard and mustache at the time of the robbery, and he was wearing a black shirt, jeans and a black hat, according to information from the Woods Public Safety Department.

The suspect did not show or imply that he was armed.

He walked out of the bank through the door facing Mack and fled in an unknown direction.

The second incident took place over the weekend at Charter One Bank, 19307 Mack.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13, a man walked into the bank, announced a robbery and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber in this case, a different suspect from the earlier case, implied that he had a weapon, but witnesses did not see it during the incident, according to information from the Woods Public Safety Department.

The suspect in this case is described as a white man between 55 and 65 years old. He stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing blue jean shorts and a light blue coat described as “raggedy.”

Anyone with information about either case should call the Grosse Pointe Woods detective bureau at (313) 343-2412 or Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK-UP.

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