Men in ski masks rob New England bankNEW ENGLAND — Law enforcement is looking for two — possibly three — suspects linked to an armed robbery early Thursday at American Bank Center.
NEW ENGLAND — Law enforcement is looking for two — possibly three — suspects linked to an armed robbery early Thursday at American Bank Center.
Two armed men wearing dark-colored ski masks reportedly entered the bank from a next door alleyway and approached a bank teller, who followed the robbers’ instruction and placed a known amount of money in a laptop bag, according to a press release from the Hettinger County Sheriff’s Office.
Chief Deputy Josh Monson with the Hettinger County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred between 8:15 and 8:20 a.m. Thursday and no one was injured.
The suspects are believed to have gotten into a dark grey or dark green compact pickup before leaving.
One suspect is a white male, approximately 6-feet tall and weighs between 165 pounds to 170 pounds. He wore a light blue jean jacket and dark blue and carried a sawed-off pump shotgun with a light colored wood stock.
A second suspect is approximately 5-foot, 6-inches tall, weighs 155 pounds and has long, dark hair pulled back in a ponytail.
He wore a red bandana tied around his neck, a black sweatshirt/jacket, dark pants and black shoes, and he carried a large-frame revolver with a 6- or 8-inch barrel.
The possible third suspect is a white male who wore a brimmed hat and was driving a dark green or dark gray compact pickup, possibly a Ford Ranger.
It has been suggested that the men may have been involved in break-ins at homes in New England, but North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Dan Haugen said that is not true.
“Two house alarms were activated at 11:30 a.m. but contrary to rumors, the two isolated alarms had nothing to do with the bank robbery suspects,” he said.
American Bank Center is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Office press release.
“Most importantly, all of the employees are safe and no one was hurt,” Stan Koppinger, president/CEO of the American Bank Center, told The Dickinson Press.
But due to the investigation, Koppinger was unable to comment further, he said.
Several people outside of American Bank Center on Thursday also declined comment.
Law enforcement, including North Dakota Highway Patrol and Hettinger County Sheriff’s Office, were highly visible around New England in the hours following the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact state radio at 800-472-2121.