Deputies seek help identifying man who robbed bank, left suspicious package

Deputies seek help identifying man who robbed bank, left suspicious package

CREATED Dec 31, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell, Taylor Higgins
Reporter: Craig Smith 

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Deputies were called to a north-west side bank after a bank robber left a suspicious item behind.
Deputies responded to a branch of U.S. Bank, located inside the Safeway grocery store at 9777 North Thornydale Road, at around 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to Deputy Tom Peine with the Pima County Sheriff's Department. 
Shortly after deputies arrived on scene they learned that the person who robbed the bank left behind a suspicious package.
Peine tells KGUN9 that a note the robber used in the robbery raised suspicions that the package might contain an explosive device.
Deputies evacuated the entire store and asked the Pima Regional Bomb Squad to respond to the scene. The Bomb Squad investigated the package using a robot and the item was ultimately determined to be harmless at around 12:30 p.m., according to Peine.
During the investigation, detectives with the Sheriff's Robbery/Assault Unit learned that a man approached the teller implying that he had a gun. He demanded money and was handed an undisclosed amount of cash, Peine said. 
He then left the building, leaving behind the suspicious package. The man was last seen on foot headed westbound from the store.

Deputies say the bank robber may have left the item behind to slow law enforecment's response to the robbery.  

The suspect is described as being either Caucasian or possibly Oriental with a beard. He is approximately 5-foot-9-inches-tall with a medium build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a red University of Arizona baseball cap and a green military-style jacket, according to Peine.
Anyone with information about the man is asked to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.