Armed robbers hit American Bank Center

A typical mid-October early morning in New England sees many mothers waking their sleepy toddlers, feeding them breakfast and hurriedly getting them ready for school.

Surveillance video of a person of interest in the bank robbery.

Posted Oct. 25, 2012

Kevin Schaefer

Herald Editor

A typical mid-October early morning in New England sees many mothers waking their sleepy toddlers, feeding them breakfast and hurriedly getting them ready for school. Older residents are reading their morning papers while others are gathered at the coffee shop. Hunters are fueling their trucks for their daily quest of that big rooster, and business women and men are opening their shops. But what happened Oct. 18th between 8:15 and 8:20 am was far from typical in New England.

Two armed men wearing dark-colored ski masks reportedly entered the American Bank Center from a next door alleyway and approached the lone bank teller, who followed the robbers’ instructions and placed an unknown amount of money in a laptop bag, according to a press release from the Hettinger County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Josh Monson with the Hettinger County Sheriff’s Office reported that no one was injured.

The suspects, as many as three, or possibly four, are believed to have gotten into a dark grey or dark green compact pickup, possibly a Ford Ranger, before leaving.

One suspect is a white male, approximately 6-feet tall and weighs between 165 pounds to 170 pounds. He wore a light blue jean jacket and dark blue hoody and carried a sawed-off pump shotgun with a light colored wood stock.

A second suspect is approximately 5-foot, 6-inches tall, weighs 155 pounds and has long, dark hair pulled back in a ponytail. He wore a red bandanna tied around his neck, a black sweatshirt/jacket, dark pants and black shoes, and he carried a large-frame revolver with a 6- or 8-inch barrel.

The possible third suspect is a white male who wore a brimmed hat and was driving a pickup.

The Sheriff’s Office also reported that American Bank Center is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. “Most importantly, all of the employees are safe and no one was hurt,” Stan Koppinger, president/CEO of the American Bank Center. Mr. Koppinger was unable to disclose more information because the incident is still under investigation.

Law enforcement, including several members of the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Hettinger County Sheriff’s Office, were highly visible following the robbery.

Authorities are asking the public who has any information that would assist in the investigation to please contact state radio at 800-472-2121.

Once again, a reward is being offered for information that would lead to the arrest of the guilty parties.

Authorities recently released a new surveillance video of a person of interest in a bank robbery in New England last week. The video is from a nearby business and was taken about an hour before the robbery. It shows a tall white man with a long blond pony tail wearing blue jeans and a light colored pullover buying a cup of coffee.

 

If you have any information about who he is, contact state radio at 800-472-2121.

 

Again, anyone with any information is asked to call state radio.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state radio at 800-472-2121.

 

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