Suspect Robs Bank Inside West County Schnucks

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A man in a wig robbed a US Bank inside the Schnucks store on Manchester Road the West County Mall, around 4:00p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities now believe he was part of a "male-female tandem" behind a string of robberies at US Banks inside Schnucks stores.

Wednesday`s robber happened right around the corner from the Des Peres Police Department.

'Response time was pretty quick,' said Des Peres Police Captain, Charles Milano.

'A black male subject wearing a dark wig passed a note and was able to obtain money from the tellers...he did not display a weapon.

Milano said he implied that he had a gun and was ready to use it.  

He gave the following suspect description:  5`5' tall, 160lbs., 30-40 years old, wearing a dark windbreaker.

A surveillance photo showed he looked similar to the suspect, who, wearing a wig, robbed a US Bank inside a Schnucks in High Ridge last month.

Monday, a woman robed a US Bank inside a Schnucks in Maryland Heights.  She appeared to be the same woman who robbed a US Bank inside a Schnucks in Overland in September.   

Authorities said the notes the suspects handed to the tellers demanding money were also similar.   

'Just the way the note was passed; the similarities there as far as what was on the note,' Milano said.

'The other day we believe it was a black female.  Today we believe it was a black male again.  So we`re thinking with the similarities in the mo that they may be working together.'

'Oh my,' shopper, Robin Roderick said Wednesday night, leaving the Des Peres Schnucks, after seeing a photo of the wig-wearing suspect.  

'I got off work at 4:30 so I was here by quarter to 5, I think,' she said.

'That person could walk right past you and you`d never think they were going to rob a bank?' asked FOX 2`s Andy Banker.  

'No,' Roderick said.  'Not at all.'  

'We did have a report of this subject possibly running west on Manchester.  We had a citizen tell us that they saw somebody they thought was a black male in a wig, running west on Manchester toward the overpass.  So if anybody saw anything or might have seen somebody running and get into a car, we would like to know that,' Milano said.

If you have any information call Crimestoppers at  866-371-TIPS.

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