UPDATE: Bank robber didn't show weapon

2010-10-07T05:00:00Z 2010-10-07T13:35:13Z UPDATE: Bank robber didn't show weaponBy JEFF REINITZ, jeff.reinitz@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

RAYMOND, Iowa - The man who robbed Farmer's State Bank Wednesday morning didn't show a weapon and didn't claim to be armed, according to Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson.

Thompson said the robber was a white male in his 20s to mid-30s and about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing loose khaki pants and a camouflage hooded sweatshirt.

The man had his hood pulled up over his head and was trying to hide his identity, Thompson said.

The sheriff declined to say how the bandit communicated to the teller that he wanted money. He said the robber took an undisclosed amount of cash and walked across Third Street and through the parking lot of the vacant convenience store before disappearing down an alley.

Sheriff's deputies took photos of the alley and checked in nearby trash containers for evidence.

"We're looking for anything and everything that can be used as evidence and trying to collect and canvas as much as we can as quickly as we can," Thompson said.

He said officers were on the scene within three minutes of getting notice of the holdup alarm.

In addition to the sheriff's office, officers from the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and FBI came to Raymond. A State Patrol airplane also took flight to assist.

City Clerk Nancy Miebach said it appeared to be a normal morning in Raymond until she saw the collection of law enforcement vehicles.

"I said ‘Something is going on,'" Miebach said.

A man who lives a few doors down from the bank said he didn't see anything out of the ordinary as he worked in his garage Wednesday morning.

"All of the sudden the cops were coming out of the woodwork," said the man who declined to give his name.

Thompson said the bank is small, and he suspects the loot was also small.

"This is just that small town bank," Thompson said.

According to The Courier archives, the bank was robbed in September 1998. No arrest was ever made in the case.

 

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(9) Comments

  1. barney
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    barney - October 10, 2010 11:36 am
    mother3: So are you saying that the police should lie to you and just go through the motions? Or are you saying that the police should ask you if you want them to cut the dashboard out of your car so that it can be fumed? If the answer to the latter question is yes WHOM do you think should pay to have your dash either removed or replaced? The taxpayers? Don't think so.
  2. mother3
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    mother3 - October 09, 2010 10:38 pm
    barney said: "You do watch to much CSI. Fingerprints do NOT show up on everything you touch."

    I believe you, but when your property has been violated or home broken into, it would make the hardworking homeowner & taxpayer feel like the PD was interested, concerned and willing to do whatever they could to find a perpetrator.
  3. barney
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    barney - October 08, 2010 9:39 am
    mother3 said: "I wonder where the forensics specialist is from that was brought in to dust for fingerprints? If he's available perhaps he could dust around town to help solve some other crimes. The local yokels told me I watched too much CSI, they can't get prints when scumbags break into vehicles."

    You do watch to much CSI. Fingerprints do NOT show up on everything you touch. Vehicles are made with alot of plastics on which fingerprints cannot be dusted for. Now if your willing to have the cops take your car apart so the area can be fumed they might be able to obtain one. But it is a long shot.
  4. dfrank5775
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    dfrank5775 - October 07, 2010 1:21 pm
    More SENSORSHIP by the courier.
    I wonder what the courier would say, if the goverment sensored THEIR editorials.
  5. dfrank5775
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    dfrank5775 - October 07, 2010 1:19 pm
    More SENSORSHIP by the courier.
  6. sk8rdad
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    sk8rdad - October 07, 2010 8:54 am
    LOL motherof3 they tell you the same thing with residential burgleries funny they had to touch the door to get in but left no liftable prints wheres barney fife when you need him?
  7. mother3
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    mother3 - October 07, 2010 2:23 am
    I wonder where the forensics specialist is from that was brought in to dust for fingerprints? If he's available perhaps he could dust around town to help solve some other crimes. The local yokels told me I watched too much CSI, they can't get prints when scumbags break into vehicles.
  8. Out-of-towner
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    Out-of-towner - October 06, 2010 2:18 pm
    Why in the world would you even HAVE a camera system if the images aren't clear? And the purpose of the surveillance camera(s) are.......... to figure out who the heck is robbing the bank. I'd bet the cameras in most C-Stores are better than the one at this bank. Geeeeesh.... spend some money and help law enforcement with their investigation.
  9. Cheshire Cat
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    Cheshire Cat - October 06, 2010 12:48 pm
    20-30 year old white male... with a hoodie..good description!! I think I know who it is !!
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