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This photo, provided by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, from a surveillance video shows the suspect in the armed bank robbery at First State Bank of Bigfork in Kelliher.

Armed robbery at Kelliher bank

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Armed robbery at Kelliher bank
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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.

John Hageman
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