GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A man identified by his ex-wife as the person who robbed the Macatawa Bank in Holland on April 11 was in federal court on Wednesday.
Jeffrey Grout allegedly walked into the bank on Riley in Holland and handed the teller a note that read, "I am robbing you, give me you're money I have a gun."
He took the money but left the note behind.
The next day, his ex-wife, Amy Grout, got in touch with investigators after seeing news reports about the robbery. She told them she was "110% sure" the man in the surveillance photos was her ex-husband, who lived with his sister in an apartment complex not far from the bank.
Shortly before the bank robbery, she told investigators, Grout called her to ask for money. She declined to give him any.
During a search of his apartment, investigators found money and clothes resembling the outfit the robber wore. Authorities also talked with Grout's sister, Charlotte Grout, during the search. Though she is legally blind and deaf, she can see objects if held close to her. She identified the person in the surveillance photos as her brother.
Grout is being held without bond.
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