Video stills courtesy of Lincoln Park Police Department
Lincoln Park police believe the man captured on surveillance video at a Chase bank branch in the city in July (left) might be the same man caught on video at a Bank of America branch on Tuesday. It’s also possible that he was involved in several other metropolitan Detroit-area bank robberies, authorities say.
By TOM TIGANI
Sunday Times Newspapers
LINCOLN PARK — Police believe the man who robbed the Bank of America branch at 3528 Fort St. is the same man who recently robbed several other banks in the metropolitan Detroit area, including a Chase bank branch in the city earlier this summer.
The most recent robbery was just before 3 p.m. when the man walked in and handed a teller a note that read, “Please give me your cash. No dye packs.” He held open a yellow bag as she complied, then left and was last seen walking north through the parking lot.
Witnesses described the man as “stubby,” black, about 40 years old, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a blue Detroit Tigers cap and a tan or gray short-sleeved, button-down shirt, gray zip-up sweatshirt and blue jeans. They also said he was wearing “distinctive” dark designer-type sunglasses with an elaborate design on the frame.
No one was hurt during the robbery.
Police believe the man may have been involved in robberies earlier this summer in Madison Heights and Southfield.
During the July 29 Chase bank robbery the man had a thin mustache, a goatee and was wearing a large silver wristwatch, long jean shorts, a dark T-shirt, white Nike shoes and a black baseball cap with wings on it.
Witness tips have indicated he might be driving a burgundy midsize vehicle, possibly a Mercury Sable.
Anyone with information on the robber is asked to call Sgt. Mohamed Nasser at (313) 381-1800, ext. 235.
Police say they already have received some tips and are actively following up on them.