Robber threatens to blow up Peoria bank

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PEORIA, Ariz. - Police are searching for a suspect who threatened to blow up a Peoria bank during a robbery Monday morning. A bomb squad was called to investigate the threat.

At around 10 a.m., a white male walked into the Compass Bank near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road with what looked to be a triggering device in his hand.

The man told the teller to hand over money or he was going to detonate a blue and white box, which resembled a small cooler, sitting in front of the entrance to the bank. The device reportedly had visible wires and tape.

The man took an unknown amount of money and fled in a 1990-1995 cream-colored Ford pickup truck with a missing tailgate.

The bank was evacuated, along with some of the businesses at the strip mall next to it, and the intersection was closed.

The Glendale bomb squad, Peoria police and the FBI responded to the scene. Using robots, police determined the device was not a bomb and the area was reopened.

Detectives following up on a tip found surveillance photos from a Peoria gas station that show the suspect and a companion shortly before the bank robbery. Police are still searching for the suspect and vehicle as well as the second man, whom police are calling a person of interest.

The suspect is reportedly in his 50s, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 125 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans, a denim-type button-up shirt over a tan undershirt, black gloves, a faded ball cap, dark sunglasses and hiking-style sneakers.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call 623-773-7045.