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Suspects named in Kelliher bank robbery

BEMIDJI – The two suspects in Monday’s robbery of a Kelliher bank currently live in Bemidji but grew up in Kelliher, according to new information from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspects – 20-year-old Travis Michael Burns and 19-year-old Cody Lowell Troy – remain jailed in Beltrami County on suspicion of aggravated first-degree robbery and other charges.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office identified the men Thursday and reported tips from the public helped lead to Wednesday’s arrests.

“Good descriptions of cars seen in the area of the robbery were provided by citizens which (led) to finding the vehicle driven by these suspects during the commission of the armed robbery,” the sheriff’s office stated in a news release. “Investigators recovered a great deal of evidence linking these two individuals to the crime and both made admissions regarding their involvement to investigators during questioning.”

Both suspects now live in Bemidji but grew up in Kelliher, the release noted. Kelliher is located about 55 north of Bemidji on state Highway 72.

The First State Bank of Big Fork, located on Main Street in Kelliher, was robbed at gunpoint at about 2:30 p.m. by a suspect wearing white Tyvek coveralls and a white plastic mask.

The suspect, authorities have said, brandished a shotgun with a silver barrel at a bank employee and left on foot.

Investigators are still following up on information learned through recent searches and are looking into the possibility of the suspects’ involvement in other crimes, the sheriff’s office stated in the release.

The case was expected to go to the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office Thursday for review and charging, according to the release.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday evening that it had arrested two suspects, though they were not immediately named.

Troy was booked in the jail first, just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the inmate list for the Beltrami County Jail. He is being held for a pending court case for aggravated first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He also is in being held on an Itasca County warrant for second-degree burglary of a dwelling.

Likewise, Burns, who was booked after 11 p.m. Wednesday, is being held for a pending court case for aggravated first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

Troy’s criminal history includes a 2011 conviction in Itasca County for felony third-degree burglary, for which he was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and placed on supervised probation for five years, according to Minnesota state court records.

Burns earlier this year was convicted in Beltrami County for two petty misdemeanors for possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.