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Cops seek gray Toyota linked to bank holdup
Robber got away with a “significant” amount of cash, police say.
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Date: January 2, 2013
Police are asking the public to report any sighting of a slate-metallic gray pickup truck they believe is connected with the robbery Monday at U.S. Bank.
Police released a description and images of the truck taken at a Jackson Maverik station and time-stamped just after 1 p.m. Dec. 28, three days before the robbery. According to police, the images were taken from the gas station’s security cameras.
The description lists the truck as a 2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Crew Max with an SR5 trim package, aftermarket rims, chrome Nerf bars and a large decal across the back glass of its camper shell.
Photos show the truck driving up to the Maverik and parked at a gas pump a few minutes later. The license plate numbers aren’t clear in the photos, and police have not yet been able to determine what they are, Jackson Police Department Lt. Cole Nethercott said.
Police believe the truck is associated with the man suspected of robbing the U.S. Bank on Powderhorn Lane on Monday afternoon, Nethercott said. He declined to explain how police determined the pickup truck is connected to the suspect.
The robbery was reported to 911 at 12:38 p.m.
When police arrived two minutes later, the suspect was gone, taking with him a “significant amount of money,” Nethercott said.
Nethercott wouldn’t say how much money left with the suspect.
The suspect did not show a weapon during the robbery, according to officers, but police radio communications shortly before 1 p.m. mentioned military explosives.
Police searched the bank and its parking lot and declared them free of explosives at around 1:30 p.m.
The suspect is described as a 6-foot-2-inch, muscular white man in his 40s, weighing 300 pounds or more. He has a strong South African accent, or one that sounds similar, and has a gray goatee and mustache with darker hairs around his chin. He has large ears that stick out from his head, with the left ear being especially prominent, according to the description.
He was last seen wearing tan pants, a white button-down shirt and a dark overcoat of a type typically worn over a suit. He also wore a black-and-white checkered “English” style cap, a large silver watch and black Oakley-style sunglasses, police said.
Law enforcement officials remain tight-lipped about nearly all other details of the robbery.
The “significant” amount of money taken was more than what was stolen in the last Jackson bank robbery, which makes it more than $13,000, Nethercott said. Police did not release any other information about the amount of money taken.
Police revised information about the suspect’s car on Tuesday. Immediately after the robbery, police were looking for a late ’90s blue Suburban or similar SUV, not a gray truck.
Jackson law enforcement’s investigation is being aided by the FBI, Nethercott said.
Anyone who sees the truck or the man described should call Teton County Dispatch at 733-2331 or the Jackson Police Department at 733-1430. Police are telling the public not to approach the vehicle or the man.
Jackson’s last bank robbery occurred on June 22, 2009.
For that crime, 47-year-old Patrick Stigen served prison time for taking $13,000 from the downtown Jackson State Bank, now Wells Fargo. Stigen told a teller to empty her drawer into a plastic bag while he held his hand in his pocket to give the impression he carried a gun, the Jackson Hole News&Guide reported.
The last bank robbery before that was in 1994, when David Christopher James took $8,301 from the Bank of Jackson Hole and was caught when he attempted to pay for a $16 cab ride with a $50 bill.
James told the teller he had two bombs and a gun and that he would “blow up the entire block” if he didn’t get what he wanted, the Jackson Hole News reported.