Police seeking bank robber

Detectives hoping for new leads in November case

GREENFIELD — Investigators are asking for the public’s help identifying a man they say robbed the Greenfield bank after Thanksgiving.

More than eight weeks have passed since a man walked into Greenfield’s Chase Bank branch, 2057 N. State St., and demanded money from a teller.

He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money before officers arrived at the scene. Now, detectives are circulating a photo of the man in hopes of identifying him.

Greenfield Police Department detectives have struggled to gain information on the man responsible, said Lt. Randy Ratliff, the head of the department’s investigations.

They’ve now gotten permission from the FBI to seek the public’s help in identifying the suspect, he said.

Security cameras from inside the branch captured a black man wearing a red pullover sweatshirt with an Adidas logo, dark jeans and white athletic shoes as he approached the teller counter just after 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 24, police said.

The man has a medium build and stands between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-5. He is believed to be in his 40s or 50s.

The suspect was handed an undisclosed amount of cash, and he left the building and headed north on foot, police said.

No one was injured in the robbery, and investigators do not believe the man was carrying a weapon at the time.

Greenfield officers immediately began investigating the incident, and called in the FBI Violent Crime Task Force for assistance.

The bureau has had a lead role in investigating bank robberies across the country since the 1930s, according to its website. In 2016 — the most recent data available — they assisted with robbery investigation at more than 3,700 commercial banks in the U.S., the website states.

Ratliff said he wasn’t sure why the FBI was hesitant to release information until now; but he’s hopeful the photograph of the suspect will garner new information.

The police department is also considering a partnership with Crime Stoppers to encourage more tips, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Greenfield Police Department at 317-477-4410 or the FBI at 317-595-4000.

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Anyone with information about the November robbery at Greenfield’s Chase Bank branch is asked to call the Greenfield Police Department at 317-477-4410 or the FBI at 317-595-4000.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.