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Published January 03 2012

FBI chief says there’s ‘no doubt’ that same robber struck Fargo and Bloomington banks

FARGO – An FBI official says surveillance footage “leaves no doubt” that the man who robbed a Fargo bank on Saturday is the same person who robbed a Bloomington, Minn., bank on Monday.

The robber struck the Bank of the West at 3202 32nd Ave. S. in Fargo at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

The U.S. Bank branch in Bloomington was robbed about 8:45 a.m. Monday.

In both cases, the robber walked into the bank and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The teller complied each time, and the robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash, said Kyle Loven, chief division counsel at the FBI office in Minneapolis.

The robber didn’t show a weapon, but he implied he had one in both instances, Loven said.

“We’re blessed in this instance because we have, in both robberies, very good, high-quality footage, surveillance photos of the individual, which leaves no doubt that it’s the same person,” Loven said.

The FBI is looking through unsolved robberies but isn’t ready to link the robber to any other cases, he said.

The suspect is described as 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall, 200 to 220 pounds and 35 to 40 years old. He was wearing a black leather jacket, black T-shirt and jeans during both robberies, Loven said.

The Fargo teller described him as being of Pacific Islander descent, while the Bloomington teller described him as a white male, Loven said.

In the Fargo robbery, authorities received a report of a Gold Chevy Malibu with South Dakota plates that may have been involved. There was no vehicle description in the Bloomington robbery, Loven said.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the FBI at (612) 376-3200 or their local authorities.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528