Police Say 'Serial Bank Robber' Hit Beverly Hills Bank Tuesday
A man believed to be responsible for several bank robberies around Oakland County, including one in Birmingham, robbed the Independent Bank at 14 Mile and Southfield Tuesday.
Police believe that a serial bank robber hitting up banks around Oakland County may be responsible for the Tuesday morning robbery of a Beverly Hills bank just south of the Birmingham border.
According to WXYZ, a man robbed the Independent Bank in Beverly Hills — located just south of 14 Mile on Southfield — on Tuesday.
In security footage caught at the Beverly Hills bank, the man is seen holding a gun while the teller hands over the cash in a bag, according to Click On Detroit.
During the robbery, the man was wearing a black coat, pants and ski mask. On Tuesday, police said the man was also wearing a shirt and tie under his coat.
Immediately following the robbery, several Birmingham schools closed their campuses, Birmingham Public Schools spokeswoman Marcia Wilkinson said, including Seaholm High School, the Midvale Early Childhood Center, Pierce Elementary and Beverly Elementary. When a school's campus is closed, there is restricted entry and exit, and no recess, Wilkinson said.
Police believe the man may be tied to several bank robberies across Oakland County, including the Comerica Bank in Birmingham last month.
The FBI believe the man may have been involved in the following robberies from the last three months:
- Dec. 18: 7-Eleven, 815 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Madison Heights
- Dec. 20: PNC Bank, 28841 John R in Madison Heights
- Dec. 26: PNC Bank, 225 S. Main in Royal Oak
- Jan. 15: Charter One, 200 S. Main St. in Royal Oak
- Jan.28: Charter One, 27897 Woodward Ave. in Berkley
- Feb. 8: Comerica Bank at 1712 W. Maple in Birmingham
- Feb 22: Citizen's Bank, 800 S. Main St. in Royal Oak
The FBI is currently offering a $2,500 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man.
The man has been described as between 5-feet 8-inches and 6-feet tall, with a medium build. During the Birmingham robbery, the man wore a black winter cap with a small brim, a black coat, black gloves and black shoes with a white sole. The man also carried a black, laptop style bag.
If you have any clues or tips, contact the FBI at 313-965-2323, Crime Stoppers at 800-SPEAKUP (800-773-2587).
Correction: The security footage showing the man with a gun was caught at the Beverly Hills Independent Bank. FBI said that the man did not rob a second bank in Southfield on Tuesday.