FBI Helping Search for ‘Respectful Robber’

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jan 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-22 20:05:36-05

NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. — Investigators have determined that a series of bank robberies ranging from June 2011 to September 2013 and spanning multiple counties, is all the work of one serial bank robber.

The suspect has been dubbed the ‘Respectful Robber’ for his somewhat calm demeanor while committing the crimes.  According to a press release from the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, a task force of law enforcement agencies has been formed to investigate these crimes and includes the FBI, Michigan State Police, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office and the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office.

Police are seeking tips from the public to help identify this serial bank robber.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office at 231-689-7303, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office at 231-347-2036, the FBI Traverse City Office at 231-946-7201, or Newaygo County Silent Observer at 231-652-1121.  A reward in the amount of $35,000 is available for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible for these bank robberies.

Police are also urging banks, especially those in rural communities, to increase security measures and decrease the amount of readily available cash.