Armed robbery at Kelliher bank
KELLIHER – Authorities are investigating an armed bank robbery that took place here Monday afternoon.
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 2:27 p.m. after a suspect brandished a shotgun at an employee at the First State Bank of Bigfork on Main Street in Kelliher and stole an undetermined amount of money, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said Monday night that no one was injured in the incident. Kelliher School was locked down for a period of time after the robbery, Hodapp added, and an officer was there while kids boarded the buses after school.
The suspect entered the bank wearing white one-piece Tyvek coveralls, black tennis shoes, black gloves with rubber grips and white writing, and a white plastic mask believed to be the same featured in the 1978 horror movie “Halloween.” The suspect was carrying a large black bag, according to the press release.
The suspect left the bank on foot heading east.
No vehicle was seen in the area, but authorities believe the suspect had a getaway driver. They believe a small passenger car that’s 52 to 58 inches wide with tires that are about 7.5 to 8-inches wide may have been involved.
Authorities describe the suspect as about 6 feet tall with a slim build. Hodapp said they are “pretty sure” the suspect is a man based on the person’s build.
Authorities are unsure of the absolute direction of travel and are asking for any information on a suspect that fits the description or has recently obtained a large amount of money with no apparent source. Anyone with information on the incident should call the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office at 333-9111.