By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK – An Aug. 5 early morning Chase Bank automatic teller machine theft was thwarted and a bank branch at another location was robbed that afternoon in two seemingly unrelated incidents.
Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the 5:37 p.m. robbery of Chase Bank at 14601 Southfield Road. Surveillance photos show a white female, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet to 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 130 to 150 pounds.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Information can be submitted anonymously, and reward payment is private.
Call Crime Stoppers at 800-SPEAK UP or go to its website, 1800speakup.org.
An attempted robbery of a customer at an ATM was thwarted at 5:20 a.m. at 23190 Outer Drive at Southfield.
The intended victim said he had just pulled up to the ATM to check his bank balance when a silver older model four-door sedan pulled up behind him, then backed out and moved closer to the Biggby Coffee drive-through window near the bank.
The victim said two armed black male teens, about 15 to 18 years old, exited their car and approached his vehicle. One of the suspects pointed a handgun directly at him and demanded money.
The man said he didn’t have any money. The suspects were unable to reach the driver’s side door because of its proximity to the ATM.
The two suspects disagreed on what to do next. About 30 seconds after the encounter began, both men, still carrying handguns, ran back to their car, in which a third black male drove them away.
The intended victim said the men tried to conceal their faces with their T-shirts, and he did not get a good look at them. He believes they exited the parking lot onto Hamilton because he did not see them turn onto Outer Drive.
The man then returned home to Melvindale and reported the incident to police there, which delayed Allen Park police response time.
Police hope to get video from a security camera near the ATM to further pursue the investigation.