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Posted on Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 8:07 p.m.

Robber wears dress shirt and tie for TCF Bank holdup

By Paula Gardner

Update: Suspect arrested in Ypsilanti Township TCF Bank robbery

Washtenaw County Sheriff's deputies are seeking a man who dressed up a bit before robbing a TCF Bank branch.



A holdup alarm went off at the TCF Bank at 2150 Packard Road at the corner of Hewitt in Ypsilanti Township at about 2:25 p.m., according to a media release.

While deputies were driving to the scene they learned a crime had taken place and they called for backup.

The suspect ran away from the bank after the holdup. He was not located in the immediate area, though officers searched the vicinity.

The man is described as a white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 165 lbs. He was wearing dark colored pants, a white dress shirt, tie and red jacket.



Sgt. Geoffrey Fox said no weapon was observed during the robbery.

Deputies did not release further details of the crime, but they did release photos taken from bank surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information is asked to call the W.C.S.O. Confidential Tip line at (734) 973-7711 or 1-800-SPEAK UP.

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Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 6:54 p.m.

No Service without Shirt and Shoes: He must be wearing good running shoes; with dress shoes he would not be able to get away easily.

C. Montgomery Burns

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 5:07 p.m.

The suspect was probably on his way to Zingerman's and needed a way to pay for was either rob a bank or get a home equity loan.

Jack Gladney

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 4:25 p.m.

I'm no t so concerned with the shirt and tie, as it adds a bit of class to a blue collar crime. Barack and G.W.'s friends stole a lot f money from banks whilst wearing ties as well. But the Members Only jacket from JC Penney? C'mon robber-baron dude! It totally negates the cool get-up.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 4:13 p.m.

"Early this morning, Ypsilanti Police Officers apprehended the suspect from the TCF bank robbery that took place yesterday afternoon. The suspect, a 50 year old Ypsilanti man was arrested in the area of Towner when the YPD officer recognized him from the bank surveillance photographs released yesterday. Some of the money that was stolen was recovered during the arrest."


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:06 p.m.

He looks a little bit like Ohio coach, Urban Meyer. Also, note the red, possible Ohio jacket. I wonder how much of a reward is being offered?


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 3:58 a.m.

Only if it was a truly stylish SHORT-SLEEVE dress shirt, a la Woody and Tressel.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:15 p.m.

well played.

An Arborigine

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:06 p.m.

All these "top ten" lists AA appears on are attracting a more upscale brand of criminal


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:01 p.m.

"While deputies were driving to the scene they learned a crime had taken place and they called for backup". So were the deputies just happen to be going to the same bank? Why were they going to the bank in the first place? When was it decided that they needed backup? Based on what? Somebody (bank staff) called police and mentioned they were being robbed, or just robbed? Though March 2011 might had been the last "reported" robbery, I can vaguely remember this is at least the fourth time this place has been hit in the last few years. This has become pretty common for this bank.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 4:47 p.m.

The KeyBank at Wastenaw and Hewitt. That thing has been robbed ALOT. For a while a few years back, it was getting robbed two or three times a year.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:26 p.m.

I thought this bank had been robbed a couple of times last year but then my wife pointed out that was the bank on the corner of Washtenaw and Hewitt.

Paula Gardner

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:25 p.m.

* ask, not as

Paula Gardner

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:24 p.m.

I really thought another robbery had taken place more recently. It does seem fairly frequent. Police were dispatched when the alarm call came in. It was moments later that it was a confirmed robbery. During business hours, I'm guessing that's what they expected. There are accidental alarm trips, especially during openings and closings at various businesses. Sometimes they're so frequent that a municipality will as a business to reimburse them for all of the public safety runs on "bad" alarm calls.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 2:28 p.m.

There have been several bank robberies in Wayne and Oakland counties recently and the robber was wearing a shirt and tie also.


Wed, Mar 20, 2013 : 5:26 p.m.

Really, I'm being voted down for correcting a typo? I have no idea how to respond. Not correcting a typo? Tough crowd.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:52 p.m.

*Obviously, 'It' has been said...


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:50 p.m.

Ot has been said, don't dress for the job you have - dress for the job you want to have.

Paula Gardner

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 2:23 p.m.

@ Steve Bean: No


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 2:06 p.m.

dressing for success no doubt

Steve Bean

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:55 p.m.

Paula, do you mean to imply that this man didn't normally dress that way? If so, why?

Ron Burgandy

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:27 p.m.

By looking at the photo, it's obviously Matt Lauer of The Today Show.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:02 p.m.

So! That answers "Where's Matt Lauer!"

Ron Burgandy

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:28 p.m.

...Al Roker was probably driving the get-away car.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 12:13 p.m.

Just out of curiosity, how does one rob a bank without a weapon? I always thought it was a necessary component, otherwise why would you hand over the money?


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 4:42 p.m.

Most banks have a policy that tellers will not argue or do anything other than what they are told if someone indicates a holdup, visibly armed or not. I guess it's not hard to understand why, given the potential safety concerns and the litigious nature of our society, but I can see the other side. If some idiot comes in, never threatens a weapon and demands money, it would be nice to be able to say "no, get out," or say no and then have 5 people leap over the counter and pummel the idiot until police arrive. Oh well.....


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 11:21 a.m.

He is clearly making a gun out of his right thumb and index finger in the 3rd photo. It appears to be a military-style assault hand, and lord knows why anyone would need one of those.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 4:33 p.m.

Ok, I don't care you who are, that right there is HILARIOUS.

Milton Shift

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 8:47 a.m.

Did he claim to have a weapon, or otherwise threaten violence?

Milton Shift

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 7:17 p.m.

Yes, it matters. A typical bank robbery simply involves someone walking up to the teller and handing them a note that says "I want money" and nothing else. He's wearing a mask, so it looks like he may have made a threat. Usually they don't want that kind of attention. Next time you get hassled for money by a beggar, think about whether it matters if they implied that they were armed or not.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 4:54 p.m.

Does it matter? He robbed a bank. Wonder if these questions would be asked if the suspect was of a different ethnic background?


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 5:25 a.m.

The perp has a Really Big French "Beak" (Nose) on him. Easy to ID if LEO gets a tip.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 12:52 p.m.

I don't know - could be a nose disguise.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 2:36 a.m.

Look at his face. He looks like he is thinking OMG, I can't believe that I am getting ready to rob a bank. Times have become so hard that I have no other choice even though I don't want to do this.

Paula Gardner

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 2:35 a.m.

@WalkingJoe - I just added a photo showing the shirt and tie (and a mask!). @Eli - Kinda harsh, but that's OK. Just trying to avoid "man" or "police seek" after a long day. @Eli part 2 - it is news, not "news." @Youwhine - Thanks.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:05 p.m.

Thanks Paula, for the third photo and I agree with Youwhine. Good job.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 2:24 a.m.

Sorry, I don't see a white shirt and tie. All I see is a zipped up jacket, at least in these photos. But like my wife said maybe the teller got a closer look.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:54 p.m.

Wait for the next photo, dude.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:01 p.m.

@Bear, that photo wasn't there when I posted my comment and see the comment from Paula Gardner below.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 5:05 a.m.

3rd photo down


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:59 a.m.

That's a tie? I know the 1980's skinny ties are trendy now, but that just looks like a black string hanging from his collar


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:25 a.m.

"Robber" is how my three-year-old son refers to people who steal, though the term reads as a childish synonym for burglar in a "news" piece like this.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 12:10 p.m.

Eli: if a bank is robbed in my community, I'd kinda like to know about it. Hence, news.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 5:04 a.m.

Burgle: to enter someone's abode or business with larcenous intent. Don't make us define larceny for you......

Homeland Conspiracy

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:29 a.m.

Looks like someone just got owned


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 2:08 a.m.

Actually, the two are not at all synonyms. A robbery involves a taking by force (from a person). A burglary refers to taking something during a break in. Usually news outlets misuse the term robbery when reporting burglaries. For example, saying "the homeowners came home and discovered they had been robbed while they were gone". In this case, the term was used correctly.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 12:37 a.m.

He could have been at lunch with his family and forgot his wallet. Therefore he told his wife he would be right back to settle the bill. It happens.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 12:40 p.m.

haha. love it That was my dad's standing joke after eating a meal at a restaurant: "I'll be right back...". Thanks for the memory!


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 12:25 p.m.

Unless you have a sense of humor.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:20 a.m.

Your remark makes no sense at all.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 12:35 a.m.

looks like a man in his 50s

Paula Gardner

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 12:30 a.m.

I took a quick peek at our archives - the last robbery at this bank that I found was in March 2011.