Teen arrested after alleged robbery of two Orem banks in 20 minutes

Posted at 4:32 PM, Feb 25, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-25 21:37:25-05

A 16-year-old suspect is in custody after allegedly robbing two Orem banks in the span of 20 minutes.

Just after noon, Orem police received a call from the Central Bank, located at 415 North State Street, reporting a robbery in the bank's drive thru. The teller was able to get a suspect and vehicle description.

About 20 minutes later, police received a call from the America First Credit Union, located at 1356 South Main Street, of a robbery in the credit union's drive thru. The description of the vehicle and suspect were the same.

Officers found the suspect vehicle ditched near 1600 South and 400 West in Orem and found the suspect a short distance away. The suspect was a 16-year-old boy driving his mother's car.

"What's even more uncommon is for someone to try to rob a bank on Saturday when it's closed; when the only thing that's open is the drive-thru," said Sgt. Craig Martinez, Orem Police dept. "I've never heard of a robbery in a drive-thru."

The suspect is now in juvenile detention.