Police seek information on 2 Oakland County bank robberies

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Ferndale – — Police are seeking the public’s help in separate bank robberies that took place Wednesday afternoon in two Oakland County communities along Woodward.

At 1:20 p.m. Ferndale police responded to a robbery at the Charter 1 Bank at 23001 Woodward. The suspect had fled the scene.

Victims said a man, believed to be in his late-50s, entered the bank at about 12:35 p.m. and spoke with the manager claiming to be interested in opening an account. The suspect then displayed a device he claimed was a bomb and demanded money, according to a press release. Bank employees cooperated and gave the suspect money and he fled on foot into the nearby neighborhood.

A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest of the suspect described as thin, between 5-feet-8 inches tall and 6 feet and having a goatee and long, “messy hair.” The suspect was last seen wearing a light colored Pittsburgh Steelers ball cap, white shirt, tan vest, gray jeans and brown Timberland boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (248) 541-3650 or CrimeStoppers at (800) SPEAKUP.

In the second incident about 3:30 p.m. on Woodward in Pontiac, a woman walked into a Genisys Credit Union and handed a teller a demand note for cash which indicated she had a gun. The suspect, identified as about 40 years old, wearing sunglasses and with dark hair with blonde highlights, fled the bank with about $2,800 in cash, according to a press release.

A dye pack slipped in with the money exploded as she left the bank and a $50 bill with red dye on it was recovered on the ground. A police dog tracked the suspect south of the building and across Martin Luther King Boulevard before losing the scent.

Anyone with information about the woman or her identity is asked to call the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office at (248) 858-4911 or the FBI at (313) 965-2323.


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