GRPD: Credit union robber apologized

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Police are searching for a man who robbed a credit union inside a downtown Grand Rapids hospital.

The robbery occurred Monday just before 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Michigan Credit Union at 260 Jefferson Ave., which is at Mercy Health St. Mary’s Campus at 200 Jefferson Avenue SE, police said.

A surveillance photo of the Lake Michigan Credit Union robbery suspect. Courtesy: GRPD. (Aug. 18, 2014)Grand Rapids Police Department Lt. Pat Merrill said the suspect walked in the front door and put a note on the counter saying he was armed and wanted to rob the credit union. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Before leaving, Merrill said, the suspect apologized.

“That’s not something you see every day,” Merrill said.

GRPD has released a surveillance image of the T-shirt and jeans-clad suspect, who was described as being about 6 feet 4 inches tall and having a thin build. He has curly hair and was wearing a light brown shirt that had a Polo logo on it, polices said.

There was a police perimeter for a time and officers were checking vehicles leaving the grounds as they worked to make sure the suspect was not in the hospital. That perimeter was later lifted and police said the suspect was not believed to be on the premises.

Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3404 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.



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