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Posted on Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 11 a.m.

Robbery reported at Comerica Bank on Washtenaw

By Staff

Police continue to investigate a robbery this morning at a Comerica Bank branch in the 3300 block of Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor.


The scene outside the bank this morning

Chris Asadian |

The robbery was reported shortly before 10 a.m. today. The site was roped off while police interviewed witnesses and conducted an investigation.

Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Pat Ouellette confirmed this afternoon that a robbery occurred and that no one was injured. The investigation was continuing this afternoon.

He said that due to the ongoing investigation, police are not releasing any further details about what happened at this time.

The Ann Arbor Police anonymous tip line is 734-794-6939. Tips may also be emailed to


Frustrated in A2

Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 8:20 p.m.

"Hold on I have to make a quick stop before going to Toys-R-Us"


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 1:08 p.m.

Isn't this the 2nd such robbery at the same bank in the past 10 years?? ( it's one of my banks, the other having also been robbed at least twice in that period!). Perhaps the ancient chinese strategy ( "hire a barbarian ( mongol) to fight a barbarian") could apply here re bank guards (after time served of course).


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 12:39 p.m.

As long as hizzoner is comfortable, this nothing to be concerned about, comrade citizen.

A Pretty Ann Arbor

Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 10:50 a.m.

We drove by there and I immediately knew...used to work for a bank so I know the signs of a robbery - been through a couple myself. Best think I can say to those that were traumatized - get help from your company - they (banks) usually have some people you can talk sorry it happened.


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 7:51 a.m.

Word seems to be spreading that you can get away with anything in ann arbor

Mr. Ed

Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 5:22 a.m.

I guess the suspect description is a secret. We can all sleep well tonight because Santa will leave the suspect a lump of coal.


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 5:23 p.m.

It's probably those same two guys that commit most of the crime in Ann Arbor. Just go to a past story to get the description.

Gina Maravella

Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 4:57 a.m.

We drove by there on the way to work this morning (I and two friends.) We thought that was probably a bank robbery. Seems like there are a lot of robberies in Ann Arbor. What the heck? You know what else is weird? For the past couple weeks there's been a cop car in the left turn lane, just up the road from that bank, just outside the Trader Joe parking lot, and an officer directing traffic for no apparent reason. At one point, the officer got right into the middle of the lane I was trying to drive in, and tried to steer me into the parking lot. I was like, "no! I'm going straight!" and confused, I drove around him. That was really wierd. What is going on over there?


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 2:54 a.m.

Wow, that's my bank. That really sucks. I'm glad no one was hurt. What a great holiday spirit someone has. So nice to scare these nice people. I hope their holiday gets better!


Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 10:46 p.m.

As this recession extends into the future expect more crime to occur.


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 3:47 a.m.

Especially as Slick Rick and tea drinking republicans push the poor and those on safety net programs further and further into desperate situations, who knows what will happen.


Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 11:17 p.m.

I agree, but I keep reading "official" crime stats that say crime is going down. I just don't believe it. I think the stats are manipulated for political reasons, whether it's on a national, state or local level. I have to believe there is a correlation between the Great Recession, high unemployment and crime.


Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 7:03 p.m.

Getting the last bit of shopping done is one thing. But getting your last minute bank robbing?

say it plain

Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 9:35 p.m.

well, you know, preparatory to the bankrobbers' last minute shopping!


Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 6:35 p.m.

I live right behind this bank and unfortunately I didn't see or hear anything. Just noticed cop cars and lights by looking out my window. These local bank robberies seem to be occurring on a regular basis. It's unnerving.


Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 9:55 p.m.

You are right about that. Oh, that's right, crime is down in A2. Thugs are regularly coming to A2 to commit bank robberies and taking off to their respective hometowns (Detroit, Flint, etc). I recall reading about perps that were caught in a couple of the summer robberies and all were from Detroit. A2 is not insulated.


Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 4:57 p.m.

The cops are needlessly blocking one westbound lane on Washtenaw.


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 3:44 a.m.

Yes, imagine using police judgment during an investigation into a bank robbery that might temporary cause a lane a traffic to be blocked. Shocking! And their "bizarre" police parking during pull overs is just awful as well as they chase people who may have weapons, drugs, or just committed dangerous crimes. Don't they understand the inconveniences they put people through as they go through their days fighting crime? {sarcasm intended}


Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 10:06 p.m.

Riiiight... this is from all your years of being an expert into criminal investigations?


Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 6:40 p.m.

Police need to be able to keep themselves safe. And they make the judgement to put their cars where they are based on facts we may not know


Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 6:07 p.m.

Half the time more crashes are caused by bizarre police parking during pull overs etc. Safety should come first but never seems to.


Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 4:26 p.m.

Two police cars pulled up and blocked the driveway entrances. A third police car pulled up and then raced north on Huron Parkway with emergency lights on but no siren.