As far as easy jobs go, bank robber -- it's beginning to seem -- may be the easiest.
Over the past several months, it's almost a daily routine that we get word of a robbery at a Valley bank, and the stories never have the pizazz people often associate with the work of a bank robber.
In the majority of cases, the thief doesn't even use a gun; rather, a note simply asking for cash. The latest thief to rob a Valley bank didn't even use that -- this dude basically just asked for money.
Phoenix Police spokesman Mike Fischer tells New Times that around 12:45 p.m. yesterday, an unknown suspect (pictured) walked into the Bank of America at 9300 North 7th Street in Phoenix. He was met by a greeter at the bank and when she asked him what she could help him with he told her he wanted to rob the bank.
The greeter obliged his request and took him to a teller, where he re-stated his intentions.
No gun was seen during the robbery but the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.
The thief put the money in a brown envelope and left the bank on foot.
Fischer says the same man was in the bank on Saturday but didn't rob it. In fact, he didn't even make a transaction.
"Maybe he chickened out, or something," Fischer jokes. "Maybe he thought 'hey, I have enough money to last me 'til Monday."
In any event, the guy got away and cops need your help finding him. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
The suspect is described as a black male, 45-50 years old, about 5-foot-6 and 140-160 pounds. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a gray baseball cap with blue bill/white trim and unknown logo, light colored long-sleeve, button-down shirt, blue jeans, white athletic shoes, and was carrying a large brown folder.
Silent Witness is even making it worth your while with a $1,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest.
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