Police find ATV used in robbery at bank's ATM
MARYVILLE, Feb 25, 2013 (The Telegraph - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Police say they found a stolen ATV used in a daring daylight bank heist Friday morning.
The latest lead in the case is the discovery of the all-terrain vehicle the suspect used to drive up and rob two tellers who were servicing an ATM on the parking lot of the First Collinsville Bank branch at 2729 Maryville Road. The ATV had been abandoned in a nearby yard, behind a garage of a residence.
"We have learned that the ATV was stolen from St. Louis County in 2009," said Deputy Chief Rob Carpenter of the Maryville Police Department. "The suspect most likely drove it straight to that location and either left from there on foot or was picked up by a car."
Police described the vehicle as a 2004-2012 Club Car UTV with hydraulic dump bed, an after-market Honda GXC20 motor, "Manley" stickers on the front end and a "TTG Mike Meurer" sticker on the driver's side.
The incident began about 10:20 a.m. Friday, when a man wearing all camouflage clothing and blue goggles -- and riding on a side-by-side-seat ATV -- sped up to two bank employees as they were servicing an automated teller machine.
Authorities said they could not yet disclose the amount of money stolen in the caper.
"The subject told the bank tellers to move out of the way," Carpenter said. "He then removed the canisters containing an undisclosed amount of money and fled south on the ATV."
Police are seeking further information about its ownership.
The robber is described as being 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and having a medium build. His race is unknown.
Although no weapon was displayed, the robber implied that he was carrying a gun by pointing his finger, one of the tellers told police.
The robber last was seen riding on a frontage road near Interstates 55/70 heading south.
"At this point in the investigation, we are following several developing leads," Carpenter said.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery or identity of the man should contact the Maryville Police Department at (618) 344-8899.
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