UPDATE: Credit Union Suspect Linked to Other Bank Robberies

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Updated: 12/06/2012 9:13 am
Law enforcement officials announced Thursday the man who robbed a Rexburg credit union on Wednesday matches the description of the "AK-47 Bandit" who has hit banks in California and Washington.

The FBI Los Angeles Division says the "AK-47 Bandit" also committed a heist on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the California Bank & Trust in Chino, CA.  As the suspect fled the bank he shot and seriously injured a police officer.  The suspect is also believed to be connected to the March 12, 2012, robbery of the Bank of the West in Vacaville, CA.  He may also have been involved in an attempted robbery three days prior of the Tri Counties Bank in Sacramento, CA.

On July 6, 2012, a similar style take-over robbery happened at the Chase Bank in North Bend, WA.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who committed these bank robberies..

Additionally, East Idaho Credit Union is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual who robbed the credit union in Rexburg.

The FBI would like to remind everyone that the "AK-47 Bandit" should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.  Anyone with information can contact the FBI Salt Lake City Division at (801) 579-1400.
UPDATE: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for Wednesday's robbery of the East Idaho Credit Union in Rexburg.

According to police, a the suspect entered the credit union on Grand Loop around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon with an assault rifle and ordered employees and customers into the vault. The suspect was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money.

He last was seen driving south on the South Yellowstone Highway in a dark blue sedan with tinted windows and a red and blue license plate.

The suspect is described as a white male, roughly 5'10" tall and weighing between 220 to 230 pounds, wearing black gloves, black hooded coat and baggy jeans. The suspect wore a mask during the robbery. The FBI considers the suspect armed and dangerous and asks the public to not approach the individual and contact law enforcement instead.

If you have any information on the robbery you are urged to contact the FBI Salt Lake City Division at 801-579-1400. Tips can also be emailed to the FBI at SaltLakeCity@ic.fbi.gov or contact the Rexburg Police Departmen at 359-3000.

PREVIOUS STORY: Police in Rexburg say that Wednesday afternoon, a man robbed the East Idaho Credit Union on Grand Loop and locked the employee's in the credit union's safe.

Around 4:30 PM a man walked into the credit union with an assault rifle, demanded money and locked the employees in the safe.

The suspect is described as a male who was wearing a face-mask, a dark hoodie, dark gloves, baggy pants and brown shoes. He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and between 200 to 230 pounds. 

A witness said that they saw the suspect drive away in a dark sedan with a red and white license plate. The vehicle travelled south on yellowstone.

Police are still searching nearby residences and areas and a Code Red call was issued throughout Madison County to warn residents.

Police are also going to nearby businesses to see if they have any security footage of the suspect.

If you have any information concerning the robbery, please contact the Rexburg Police Department at 359-3008.

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veteran314 - 11/8/2012 6:52 AM
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I hope there is surveilance video to help us try to find this loser and that someone will recognize him, either by his clothing or by the vehicle and report it, because he didn't just rob the credit union, he robbed the citizens and may have traumatized the employees by his selfish and desperate act.
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