Police say robberies are linked

ESCANABA — An attempted armed robbery in Escanaba and an armed bank robbery in Pembine, Wis., are related, authorities have determined.

Investigators from Escanaba Public Safety, Marinette County Office of Sheriff, Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations held a joint meeting on Tuesday to discuss the similarities between these cases. The investigators found the two incidents are related based on comparisons of the vehicles used, the suspect’s profile and additional information that has not yet been made public.

On the evening of Friday, July 5, Escanaba Public Safety responded to an armed robbery attempt at the Northern United Federal Credit Union. A 911 call reported a male suspect dressed in black with a mask and a gun was attempting to gain entry to the credit union; doors had been secured for the closure of lobby business, but an employee was still inside.

The suspect in this incident was described as being about six feet, two inches tall and weighing between 230 and 250 pounds. He was wearing jeans, a black coat and a black hat/mask at the time of the incident.

The suspect vehicle was an older-model GMC Acadia, black or dark blue in color, with a sunroof.

On the afternoon of Monday, July 8, an armed bank robbery occurred in Pembine. The suspect in this incident was a white male of unknown age described as being between six feet, two inches and six feet, five inches tall, with a thin to medium build. He was seen wearing light blue jeans, brown/tan shoes, a dark-colored sweatshirt or jacket and a dark full-faced mask, and was believed to be armed and dangerous.

The suspect vehicle in the Pembine robbery was described as a dark-colored mid-to-late model GMC four-door mid-size SUV — possibly an Acadia — with silver-colored, five-spoke wheels.

A joint effort with information sharing has been coordinated with the goal of identifying the suspect and/or the suspect vehicle with the combined resources of all involved agencies.

A video of the suspect and the suspect vehicle has been posted to the “Marinette County Sheriff’s Office” Facebook page.