Masked man robs bank in Battle Creek

Battle Creek police and the FBI are searching today for a man who robbed a bank on Beckley Road.


The man walked into the Southern Michigan Bank and Trust at 5350 Beckley Road at 2:11 p.m. Thursday and demanded money.
Police said the man did not show a weapon or indicate he had a weapon, but a bank teller said he became increasingly aggressive in his demands for money. She was concerned he might attempt to climb over the counter, police said.
The man told the female teller he wanted money from the cash drawer and after taking an undisclosed amount of cash he fled from the bank.
Lt. Duane Knight said two customers were in the bank along with about four employees, but no one was hurt.
The man was wearing a dark sweatshirt with a hood pulled over his head, silver rimmed sunglasses, latex gloves and blue jeans.
The man was described as white, in his 20s, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 with a medium build.
A tracking dog was brought to the scene and followed a scent south from the building for a short distance.
Detective Sgt. Todd Madsen said police found a piece of evidence they hope will provide valuable clues in the case but said it must be analyzed by a crime lab.
Police released photos taken by a security camera inside the bank and were searching for video from cameras at other nearby stores in an area which is mostly retail.
The FBI is trying to determine if the robbery is linked to one about
1 p.m. Thursday at the Fifth Third Bank at 4109 Portage St. in Portage about 1 p.m.
In that robbery, a man walked in, handed a note to a teller and left with money. No weapon was displayed in that robbery.
Police in Kalamazoo said the robber there was a white man in his 30s, with a mustache and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, a baseball cap, sunglasses and shorts.
Anyone with information about the Battle Creek robbery is asked to call Silent Observer at 964-3888.
Trace Christenson can be reached at 966-0685 or tchrist@battlecr.gannett.com.

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