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Crime & Courts

July 26, 2013

More details released about man suspected of robbing Galena bank on Monday

GALENA, Kan. — More details about the man who robbed the American Bank in Galena at gunpoint earlier this week were released this morning, as well as new photos.

According to a statement released by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and the Galena Police Department, additional photographs have been discovered of the suspect prior to robbing the bank.

Investigators said they also have come to believe the suspect was driving a 1999-2002 Pontiac Firebird.  The vehicle is navy blue in color, did not have a front license plate or a T-Top and has a spoiler on the trunk.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said on Monday that a man wearing a black cowboy hat, a long-sleeved, dull-green shirt, black jeans and black cowboy boots walked into the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded all the cash from a teller.

He said the man was about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 to 160 pounds, and was described as being 30 to 40 years old and smelling of alcohol.

Groves also said several bank employees reported seeing the handgun Monday, making them all victims of the crime.

American Bank, at 901 E. Seventh St., previously was robbed in November 2006.

No arrests were made in that case.

Anyone with information about the suspect is encouraged to contact the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office at 620-429-3992, 620-848-300, the Galena Police Department at 620-783-1900, or Heartland Crimestoppers at  417.782.TIPZ (8479).


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