Forum Communications, Published December 10 2012
Suspect sought in Beltrami County bank robbery
A statement from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office said a person entered the First State Bank of Big Fork in Kelliher, about 55 miles northeast of Bemidji, just before 2:30 p.m., carrying a shotgun with a “silver-type” barrel and black bag and took an undetermined amount of money.
The person was described as being about 6 feet tall with a slim build. He or she was wearing a white, hooded hazardous materials jumpsuit, black tennis shoes, black gloves and a white plastic mask, described in the statement as similar to the mask used in the 1978 horror movie “Halloween.”
Authorities believe the suspect left in a smaller passenger car driven by a second person.
The sheriff’s office is asking for information on anyone with clothing matching that of the suspect or anyone who has acquired a large amount of cash with no apparent source.
Several area sheriffs’ offices are helping the search for the person, along with Bemidji police and state and tribal authorities.