Wyoming officers hope ditched bike will lead to robber

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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Wyoming Public Safety officers are hoping a bicycle ditched during a bank robber’s escape will lead to his arrest.

Police say the masked gunman walked into the Fifth Third Bank branch at 62 54th Street SW around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. Officers say the man demanded cash from a teller and ran away after the robbery.

At one point, he was seen fleeing on a bicycle, which police recovered during a search that included police K-9s and a Michigan State Police helicopter.

The search led to a shelter in place order for the Cutlerville area, which the Kent County Sheriff’s Department lifted around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

It’s unclear if Wednesday’s crime was committed by the same gunman who robbed the same bank on July 11 before escaping onto a Wyoming trail.

Officers said at the time of the crime, he was wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans and orange ski mask. He may have changed his clothes to a black T-shirt and shorts with a large brown, yellow and white plaid pattern.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet and 11 inches tall with reddish-blond hair. He was seen carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information about the bicycle or its owner is asked to call Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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