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Reward offered in CS Bank robbery

Anonymous donor gives $5,000

February 8, 2013
By PETER KASPARI, pkaspari@messengernews.net , Messenger News

Police believe that a new reward will help lead to the identification and capture of a robber who struck a Fort Dodge bank early Thursday.

An anonymous donor, working through Webster County Crime Stoppers, has offered $5,000 for information that leads to the capture and conviction of the robbery suspect.

The reward was announced by the Fort Dodge Police Department and Crime Stoppers Friday morning.

Article Photos

-Surveillance photo
The robber enters CS Bank on this photo released by the Fort Dodge Police Department.

The announcement came a day after a man robbed CS Bank, 130 N. 29th St., around 9:15 Thursday morning.

Police Chief Tim Carmody said the suspect walked into the bank and demanded money from employees. After receiving an undetermined amount of money, the suspect, who did not display any weapons, fled the bank on foot.

The suspect reportedly ran toward the Garden Village Apartments, but investigators weren't able to find him.

Fact Box

Since 2007, there have been five bank robberies in Fort Dodge. Besides Thursday's robbery at CS Bank, two robberies happened in 2007, and two happened in 2011. They are:

March 2, 2007: A stocky man handed a note to tellers at Frontier Credit Union, 13 S. Third St., demanding money. He fled on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of money. The case is unsolved.

April 11, 2007: Fort Dodge police believe the same man returned to Frontier Credit Union. Like the March robbery, the suspect demanded money through a handwritten note and fled on foot. The case is unsolved.

Jan. 27, 2011: Two masked men walked into the Fort Dodge Family Credit Union, 215 Central Ave., and demanded money. No weapons were shown during the robbery. Police believe the suspects fled in a Jeep before abandoning it and running away on foot. The case is unsolved.

Oct. 7, 2011: Two suspects stole an undetermined amount of cash from First American Bank, 114 N. 27th St. The robbers likely fled the scene in a Dodge Durango, which was found abandoned two blocks away. The case is unsolved.

Police Capt. Roger Porter said Friday afternoon that there is no new information that can be released regarding the robbery. However, he said officers will continue to follow up on any information they receive.

Officers are also trying to determine if there is any connection between this case and a school shooting threat that was reported about 16 minutes before the robbery.

Carmody said staff at Feelhaver Elementary School, located at 1300 14th Ave. N., received a phone call from someone saying they would "shoot up the school."

Immediately, the school went into a modified lockout, which included keeping only the main entrance of the school open to the public and monitoring who was coming and going.

The lockout ended after about an hour, but Jennifer Lane, director of communications for the Fort Dodge Community School District, said school officials remained alert all day.

Though the two incidents are being treated as separate investigations at this time, Carmody said officers are considering the possibility that they're connected.

Anyone with information on either the CS Bank robbery or the threat to Feelhaver Elementary School is asked to call the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426 or Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent online at wccrimestoppers.com or by texting "LEC" and the tip to 274637.

 
 

 

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