Suspect robs Phoenix credit union, steals car for getaway

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Photo of suspect in armed robbery at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union By Jennifer Thomas Photo of suspect in armed robbery at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Authorities are looking for a suspect who allegedly robbed a Phoenix credit union then stole a car to flee the scene.

On Aug. 30 at approximately 5:40 p.m., the suspect entered the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union near 44th Street and Thomas Road and approached a teller who was behind barrier glass.

Authorities said the suspect verbally demanded money from the teller and displayed a small frame revolver that was in his waistband.

The teller gave the suspect a known quantity of cash and he fled the bank.

The suspect approached a female in the parking lot who was walking toward the building. He allegedly demanded her car keys and displayed his weapon to her. She gave the suspect her keys and he fled the area.

Responding patrol officers located the vehicle still running in an apartment complex near 36th Street and Virginia Avenue, but they did not find the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male, 35 to 45 years old, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 to 175 pounds, balding with light or gray stubble, unshaven, wearing black sunglasses, a plaid dark blue or navy long-sleeve collared shirt and blue jeans.

It is believed the suspect is also responsible for a June 14 robbery at the Chase Bank at 44th Street and Camelback Road.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the FBI at 623-466-1999.