STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a robber who held up a TCF Bank branch.

It happened at around 11:30 a.m. Monday on 18 Mile Rd., near Dequindre in Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Luke Riley said the suspect told two bank tellers he had a gun, demanded money — although no weapon was ever seen —  and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

“He was last seen fleeing toward the Kroger, which is located in that plaza also,” Riley told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Jon Hewett. “We believe he may have had a vehicle parked back there or had somebody waiting for him. A dog track was made from the bank to an area behind the Kroger where it was terminated.”

The suspect is described as a clean-shaven while male  between 30 and 40 years old; 5 feet 8 inches tall with a heavyset or stocky build.  He was wearing blue jeans, a yellow pullover and a Red Wings baseball cap.

Riley said police didn’t recognize him as a repeat offender.

“Nothing in our jurisdiction, but it’s possible he may be connected with another bank robbery where the suspect has yet to be identified,” Riley said.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the surveillance images or who has any information about this crime is asked to call Sterling Heights Police at 586-446-2800.


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