Police investigating after 2 bank robberies occur in the same area

Posted at 5:29 PM, Sep 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-14 19:29:29-04

WOODS CROSS, Utah – Police are searching for four suspects in connection with the armed robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank, and the incident was one of two bank robberies that occurred in the area Friday afternoon.

Police said several of the suspects in the Wells Fargo robbery entered the building, located at 2440 South and Highway 89, at about 1:30 p.m. Friday while one person waited outside in a red getaway car.

The suspects brandished a weapon and shouted for people to get out of the way as they carried out the robbery. All four suspects remain at large.

Cpl. Jason Matthews, Woods Cross Police Department, said the robbery was more aggressive than most.

“It was not a typical bank robbery where someone slides the teller a note; they said a weapon was involved,” he said. “It was more aggressive than we typically see in an armed robbery– so it would be nice to catch these guys quick.”

Anyone with information about the suspects or the crime is encouraged to contact the Wood Cross Police Department.  

The other bank robbery took place at a Key Bank located at 1064 North and Highway 89. Police said a man entered the bank shortly before 4 p.m. and handed a note to the teller demanding cash. The suspect displayed a knife and then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam, North Salt Lake Police Department, said they found the suspect because of a vehicle description.

“Our dispatch broadcast an attempt to locate,” he said. “A motor vehicle officer with the state saw a vehicle that matched the description and stopped it, and it appears that we do have a good suspect in custody at this time.”

The suspect’s name was not immediately released, pending his booking into the Salt Lake County Jail.

Gwilliam said, though the two robberies appear to be unrelated, it is unusual to see two bank robberies so close together.

“I’ve been an officer about 18 years, and in that 18 years I’ve never seen two bank robberies within three blocks of each other,” he said.