Shelby Township police searching for bank robbery suspect

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 11, 2021

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Police Department is searching for a suspect who was recorded on surveillance video robbing a bank in Shelby Township Dec. 28.

Shelby Township police responded to an alert that a man had entered the PNC Bank located at 45125 Hayes Road, at Hall Road, at 1:28 p.m. Dec. 28 wearing a mask and work gloves and that he then presented the teller with a note demanding money.

The robber placed the money from the teller in a blue fabric bag that the robber had brought with him. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, the man then left on foot and was seen running south across Hall Road into Sterling Heights.

According to police, the robber was able to commit the crime in a very short amount of time.

“He was in the bank for under a minute before exiting and running south across Hall Road,” said Detective Lt. Patrick Barnard.

No weapon was seen during the incident.

When police arrived at the bank, they worked on locating the suspect but were not successful.

“Police began a K-9 track, and the trace led across Hall Road and into the Lakeside Terrance apartment complex, where it was eventually terminated,” said Barnard.

The suspect was described by police as a Black man who stood 5 feet, 5 inches tall and had a medium build. He was wearing a gray hoodie, a brown/tan Carhartt jacket with a matching bomber-style hat, and dark blue jeans. The suspect also was wearing a pink/purple mask.

Police said that several tips were being investigated. Photographs of the suspect were released and show the man obtaining the money inside the bank.

Anyone with any information on the robbery is asked to contact the Shelby Township Police Department at (586) 731-2121. Tips also can be submitted anonymously at crimewatch.net/us/mi/macomb-county/shelby-twp-pd/129607/post/bank-robbery. 

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