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PHOENIX, Ariz. (WOOD) - A man allegedly responsible for robbing numerous banks in West Michigan was arrested in Arizona.
Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint accusing Joshua James Breckenridge, 22, from Grand Rapids, of robbing the Chemical Bank, 6080 W. Main Street in Oshtemo Township, west of Kalamazoo, on Sept. 25.
The robber approached the teller counter and held up a note that said "Robbery" and "Cash." The teller turned around and the robber snapped his fingers, which caused the teller to turn back and face the robber, according to the FBI. The robber had a brown plastic bag with red lettering on it open on the teller counter. The teller placed a large amount of cash from her drawer into the plastic bag. The robber left the bank through the main lobby doors.
It was later determined the robber stole $2,228.
The FBI interviewed two close associate of Breckenridge, who identified him through surveillance photos.
Authorities were then able to track down and arrest Breckenridge in Phoenix, Ariz., where he is currently in jail.
Sources told 24 Hour News 8 Breckenridge is also accused of trying to rob the Chase Bank at 1629 Leonard St. NW in Grand Rapids on Sept. 23. A man walked into the bank and gave a teller a note demanding cash. The teller refused to give him any money, at which point the man pretended to have a gun. He then fled without getting any cash.
He may also be the suspect seen in surveillance pictures of a Sept. 3 robbery at a Chase Bank in Wyoming, and another robbery in Grand Rapids.
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