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Armed robbery at Kelliher bank

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.

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

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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