Police investigate bank robberies in Grandville, Wyoming

Kent County

The Fifth Third Bank branch on Chicago Drive in Grandville, which was robbed April 15, 2021.

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are investigating two reports of bank robberies in Grandville and Wyoming that are believed to be related.

The first happened at Fifth Third Bank on Chicago Drive SW near Wilson Avenue SW in Grandville around 11:13 a.m., Grandville police say.

A short time later at 11:33 a.m., Wyoming police say, the Macatawa Bank branch on Clyde Park Avenue near 54th Street was robbed.

Investigators believe the two incidents were related, the two departments said in a joint Thursday release.

The Macatawa Bank branch on Clyde Park Avenue that was robbed on April 15, 2021.

In both robberies, police say there was a threat of a weapon but no one was hurt. Police did not release how much cash, if any, the suspect was able to get away with.

The suspect for both robberies was described as a black man in his 20s or 30s, with a thin build standing between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet. He was last seen wearing a multicolored skirt and carrying a purse, Wyoming Police Department Capt. James Maguffe said.

Police later set up a perimeter on Clyde Park near 36th Street as they looked for the suspect, as a potential suspect’s car was found there and they thought he could be in the area on foot.

They searched the area and tried to track the suspect down with a dog but were not able to find the suspect.

Police investigate after a bank robbery in Grandville. (April 15, 2021)

Anyone with information should call Grandville police at 616.538.3002 or Wyoming police at 616.530.7300. You can also call Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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