Man arrested in connection to 2 GR bank robberies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was arrested Thursday in connection to two bank robberies in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids police arrested 52-year-old Dennis Burger Thursday afternoon without incident near 28th Street SE and Eastern Avenue SE.

Burger is accused of robbing the Macatawa Bank at 3177 Knapp St. NE Saturday and another Macatawa Bank at 2440 Burton St. SE near Breton Road Tuesday.

In a criminal complaint filed in federal court that was unsealed after Burger’s arrest, an FBI agent detailed the robberies.

Describing the Saturday robbery, the complaint says a bank teller told authorities the robber seemed to be filing out a transaction slip, then said he had forgotten his account number and left. When he came back a few moments later, he went to the teller and gave her a plastic sandwich bag and a transaction slip on which he had written, “This is a robbery. Put all cash in this bag.” She did as she was told, giving him about $3,500. The robber told her “thanks” and left in a late-model Kia Soul.

Another bank teller’s description of the Tuesday robbery was similar. She said the robber gave her a note that read, “This is a robbery. Put all cash in this bag,” and a plastic sandwich bag. She gave him about $6,000. He left in a maroon Chevrolet sedan; the teller thought two other people also were in the car.

As authorities investigated the first robbery, Macatawa Bank security employees went to Grand Rapids police and said the robber looked like Burger, a regular customer. He had recently been bringing other people into the bank with him. In one instance, he withdrew all the money from his account and he and the other people all left together.

Bank employees who saw the second robbery recognized the robber as Burger.