Okemos bank robbery still under investigation

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By Jackie Dumbleton
Meridian Times staff writer

OKEMOS — The Fifth Third Bank here was robbed the morning of Feb. 1.

According to Meridian Township Police, a young man in a black hoodie and jeans, arrived at Fifth Third Bank, 4815 Okemos Road, at about 11:31 a.m. and fled southwest with an undisclosed amount of money.

Ingham County, East Lansing, and Michigan State University police departments responded to and assisted in the investigation.

Although a weapon was displayed, none of the five employees present were harmed. No customers were in the bank.

“Our first and foremost concern is safety,” said Elizabeth Topliffe, marketing representative and vice president of public relations and communication for Fifth Third Bank. Topliffe said tellers have been trained to get out of the way in this sort of situation.

Counseling is also available for employees after these incidents. Topliffe said the company understands the situation, and wants to be up and running again as quickly as possible.

“I’m shocked, really,” said Okemos resident and Fifth Third bank customer Les Jorgensen about the robbery. “Nothing ever happens in Okemos. It’s a harmless community.” Excellent.

Meridian Township Police Sgt. Andrew McCready, who is helping with the investigation, said that although this sort of crime does not happen often, they do occur.

“I guess it’s a wake-up call,” said Jorgensen. “A touch of reality to those who live a sheltered life.”

Police are taking any tips from residents that have information leading to the location of the criminal. Tips can be called in to the Meridian Township Police Department, 517-852-4800.

This sketch of the suspect has been released on the Meridian Township Police blog.

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