$12,000 reward for information leading police to West Michigan bank robbery suspects

Posted at 9:58 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 22:28:53-04

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- PNC Bank and Comerica Bank have announced a collective reward of up to $12,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for two separate robberies earlier this year.

The first robbery happened May 29 at the PNC Bank in Galesburg. The second robbery happened July 29 at a Comerica location in Comstock Township.

During both robberies, the robber brandished a handgun, violently took over the bank, demanded cash, and forced employees into the vault at gunpoint. Authorities believe the robberies may be related.

The suspect in the May 29 incident is described as a black male in his mid twenties, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build. Police say has a unique pigment discoloration on his upper and lower lips.

PNC Bank RobberThe robber wore a brown baseball cap over a brown towel draped on his head, dark navigator-style sunglasses, a black t-shirt, brown jacket, tan pants, and he carried a black messenger-style saddle bag. He used a walkie-talkie, and fled on-foot to a small/medium sized blue four door sedan parked at the Galesburg United Methodist Church. The vehicle was driven by a second unknown male, and they fled westbound on Battle Creek St.

On July 29, the Comerica Bank branch on King Hwy. in Comstock Twp., was robbed by a man armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun. The suspect is described also described as a black male approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build.

During that incident, police say he wore a full-sleeve black hooded sweatshirt, grey sweat pants with double vertical stripes, and he covered his face with a dark cloth. The robber fled on foot to an unknown vehicle north of the bank, possibly in the Veterans of Foreign Wars parking lot on East Michigan Ave.

The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information on these robberies should contact the FBI Detroit Field Office at 313-965-2323 or, the FBI Kalamazoo Office at 269-349-9607, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office 269-383-8748 or Kalamazoo County Silent Observer 269-343-2100 or