Credit union robbed by apologetic thief

Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS – Officers are searching for a woman who robbed a credit union Jan. 28 and apologized to the teller.

The suspect is described as a 40-year-old black woman standing 5 feet 4 inches tall and wearing a black hat, glasses, a dark green jacket, a gray or black scarf and brown shoes.

According to police reports, about 12:15 p.m., the woman entered the P.A.C. Federal Credit Union branch, 25555 Warren, and handed the teller a note claiming she had a gun and demanded 100s, 50s and 20s from the drawer. The teller told officers the robber placed the money, totaling more than $2,000, in a black bag. She pulled her glasses down and said she was sorry before she walked out of the bank.

The credit union manager said she saw the woman run through the branch’s parking lot before escaping behind Stanley Turowski Funeral Home, 25509 West Warren.

According to police reports, a short time later the manager noticed a white Pontiac Vibe drive south on Kinmore at a high rate of speed near where the woman was last seen.

Wengrowski said the woman may have been the driver, because the car pulled away quickly after she left the bank.

In the report, the branch manager told police $100 of the stolen money was in marked bills and is traceable, but Dearborn Heights Police Sgt. Philip Wengrowski said police have no leads.

“She could have spent the money,” he said. “We could trace her only if we knew where it was.”

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