KALAMAZOO (WWJ) — The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office announced a reward of up to $12,000 any for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for the May 29 robbery of a PNC Bank in Galesburg and the July 29 robbery of a Comerica Bank in Comstock Township.
During both robberies, the robber wielded a handgun, violently took over the bank, demanded cash and forced employees into the vault at gunpoint. Authorities believe the robberies may be related.
On May 29, the PNC Bank branch on West Michigan Ave. in Galesburg was robbed by a black male armed with a black revolver handgun. The suspect is described as approximately 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall with a thin build, in his mid twenties and having unique pigment discoloration on his upper and lower lips.
The 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.
The robber used a walkie-talkie radio, 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 west bound on Battle Creek St.
On July 29, the Comerica Bank branch on King Hwy. in Comstock Township was robbed by a black male armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun. The suspect is described as approximately 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall with a thin build.
The robber wore a full-sleeve black hooded sweatshirt, grey sweat pants with double vertical stripes, and he covered his face with a dark clothe. The robber fled westbound on foot to an unknown vehicle staged north of the bank, possibly in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Comstock Post parking lot on E. Michigan Ave.
Anyone with information related to either robbery may contact the FBI Detroit Field Office at 313-965-2323 or https://tips.fbi.gov, 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 www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.