Reward offered in search for bank robber

TAYLORSVILLE — Wells Fargo Bank, along with the Utah Banker’s Association, has offered a $10,000 reward for the conviction of a serial bank robber who’s still on the loose. The FBI and police say he robbed two banks on the same day last month, and they want him caught before he does it again.

It’s been nearly two weeks since a man robbed the Wells Fargo at 3981 W. 4700 South, then continued on to rob a Chase Bank at 10500 S. Redwood Road in South Jordan about 30 minutes later. Authorities have had no luck catching him. Now, they’re hoping $10,000 will help.

Detective Shannon Bennett, with the Taylorsville Police Department, said, “He’s victimized two banks already, and he’s probably going to do it again.”

Police describe the man as between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. During the August 20 robberies, he was wearing a beige knit beanie with pink and blue markings; gold aviator sunglasses; a white, short-sleeve polo shirt with a black undershirt; and baggie denim jeans.

So far, surveillance pictures haven’t yielded any solid leads. The Utah Banker’s Association and Wells Fargo are hoping the reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction the suspect will help.

“They don’t like their banks being robbed and they don’t want this person to be out robbing more banks,” Bennett said.

We talked to a man who says he was standing behind the robber in line at the Taylorsville robbery.

Kurt Williams said, “When I stepped up to the teller, I told her what I was there for, and she says, ‘I’ve just been robbed.’ That’s when I turned to see where he’d gone to, and he was already gone by then.”

And he’s been gone ever since. Police don’t know who this man is or if he’s still in town.

The suspect didn’t show a weapon during either robbery, but he implied he was armed, and police trust that he was.

“He very well probably was armed and is dangerous, and at any time could use force or violence in a bank. So again, we want to catch him and get him off the street,” Bennett said.

Police say this man may have been involved in more robberies across the valley. If you have any information, please call the Salt Lake City FBI; they’re the ones handling all leads.

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