Man arraigned in bank heist

Photo by Daniel Heraty

Adam Whitlock sits in 19th District Court during his arraignment Thursday.

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Police have arrested 35-year-old Adam Howard Whitlock of Brooklyn, Mich., in connection with the Feb. 4 robbery of Key Bank, 230 N. Telegraph.

Whitlock was arraigned Thursday in 19th District Court by Judge Mark Somers and faces charges of bank robbery and armed robbery, both of which carry potential life sentences.

Whitlock allegedly approached the bank teller and handed her a note demanding $10,000. He also said not to put any dye packs or tracking devices in with the money or he would start shooting.

The teller said that as she was reading the note he told her, “I’m not kidding.”

After receiving the money, he said it wasn’t nearly enough. She replied that that was all she had; he then left.

The teller activated the alarm and informed her manager that the bank had just been robbed. The teller then saw a 1992 Geo Prizm speed out of the driveway and head east on Myrtle.

Dearborn police said the arrest came after a joint investigation with U.S. Marshals.

Because the type of black polo shirt Whitlock was wearing usually is given to Little Caesars managers, police interviewed employees of several of the chain’s nearby restaurants.

Company officials and police later found that Whitlock was not an employee of the restaurant, and that the shirt he was wearing belonged to an acquaintance.

Police Chief Ronald Haddad said in a statement that the arrest could not have happened without the hard work put in by all concerned. He commended those who worked “around the clock” to put together the tips that led to arrest.

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