April 21, 2014

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FBI keeps up search for credit union robber

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WELLINGTON — Two FBI agents were in Wellington on Thursday to check out tips on the possible identity of the man who robbed the Sun Federal Credit Union branch on Patriot Drive on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, authorities released a surveillance photo of the robber, who wore a hoodie and a purple or reddish scarf over the bottom of his face.

Wellington Police Chief Steve Rollins said the majority of the tips to the Police Department involved people who thought they recognized the man from just his eyes or because of the purple or reddish “wintery” scarf.

Rollins said the FBI is serving as lead agency and the village department is assisting.

The man brandished a semi-automatic weapon and escaped with several thousand dollars, Rollins said.

Agents said they believe the robber waited for a customer to leave before entering the credit union, Anderson said.

Once inside the credit union, the man ordered two tellers to place money from their teller drawers into a white garbage bag with a red tie.

When both had complied, the subject ordered both tellers verbally and by pointing the gun at them to proceed to the back room of the building and close the door. Once the back room door was closed, the robber left the credit union.

The robber was described as a white man, approximately 5 feet 6 inches in height with a bluish/green/gray tattoo on his forearm.

It is believed the robber left by foot, traveled through a wooded area and entered a get-away vehicle.

To help

Anyone with information should call the FBI at (216) 522-1400. Tips can remain anonymous and an unspecified amount of reward money is available for the successful identification and prosecution of the individual or individuals responsible for the robbery.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.