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Associated Press, Published May 27 2009

Two armed men hold up Gilby bank

FBI investigating robbery

Two males robbed the Bremer Bank in Gilby, N.D., this afternoon, according to Chief Deputy Mike Fonder of the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department.

About 1:40 p.m., a man with a sawed-off shotgun made the bank’s teller get on the floor with her hands on her head, according to the FBI, which is investigating the holdup along with the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department.

Then, a second robber armed with a handgun entered the bank, went directly to the vault and put cash into a trash bag, the FBI said.

That same robber emptied the teller’s till into the bag before handcuffing her hands behind her back and leaving her face down on the floor, the FBI said.

Both men then left the bank and drove off in a silver Jeep Liberty with Minnesota license plates. They last were seen heading south on County Road 2.

The robbery set off a regionwide search involving lawmen from various agencies. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol used two aircraft, including a helicopter, to aid in the search, Fonder said.

One of the suspects is described as a black male between the ages of 50 and 60, about 6 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing about 250 pounds and with a goatee and a tattoo on his left forearm.

He was wearing tan sneakers and a white, long-sleeved T-shirt, which he removed to reveal a white, short-sleeved T-shirt that read “I (heart shape) 38.” He pulled a dark ski mask over his face.

The second suspect is described as a white male between the ages of 55 and 65, about 6 feet tall and weighing between 230 to 240 pounds.

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