A man robbed the Bank of Jackson Hole amid a Monday morning snowstorm.
At 9:45 a.m. the unidentified suspect walked into the main branch and delivered a note to a teller that demanded money. He walked away with a few thousand dollars in cash without incident, Jackson Police Lt. Roger Schultz said.
“They locked the building and called law enforcement, and we picked it up from there,” Schultz said.
For safety reasons it’s standard procedure for a teller to hand over the money and let the suspect leave before taking any further action, he said.
“If they get a note they will process it like they do any other transaction and notify their manager, and then they go into lockdown,” he said.
Schultz said detectives are working several leads: “We have had a number of calls from people saying they might know the suspect.”
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a black beanie and dark coat.
It’s unknown if he got away on foot or in a vehicle.
During the robbery, roadways were chaotic around Teton County because of heavy snowfall during the morning commute. The Jackson Police Department, Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office were busy working multiple collisions and slide-offs.
Some of the town officers had to drop what they were doing to work the robbery.
“It’s hard to guess someone’s motivations, but it’s possible that was a factor that played into the plan for the robbery,” Schultz said. “We take things on a priority basis, so the fender bender at the corner of the post office will have to wait while we respond to the robbery. The traffic collisions and things like that, most of those can wait. But robberies need immediate attention.”
Surveillance photos of the suspect were released Monday.
These types of crimes are a reminder for business owners to evaluate their surveillance systems, Schultz said.
“Upgrading to high-quality HD video can help us do our jobs better,” he said.
The suspect did not brandish a weapon. If you have information, you’re asked to call police.