Man with metal detector robs Gilbert bank

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GILBERT, Ariz. – A man wearing a fake beard and carrying a metal detector wand robbed a Gilbert bank Monday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials.

Authorities said the suspect entered the Chase Bank at Queen Creek and Power roads at approximately 3:15 p.m. and walked up to the teller counter. He verbally demanded money and was given a known quantity of cash.

The suspect reportedly removed a black wand, which he stated would detect dye packs, and waved it over the currency.

He then fled the bank and was last seen running northbound.

The suspect was described as a white male, 40 to 50 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall to 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 to 200 pounds.

According to a wanted flier, the suspect was wearing a tan baseball hat, black sunglasses, a dark brown fake beard, charcoal gray sport coat, white collared shirt, clear plastic gloves, blue jeans and black tennis shoes.

He also was carrying a black handheld metal detector with "GARRETT" printed in yellow on it and had a large brown bag with purple handles in which the cash was placed.

Call the FBI at 623-466-1999 with any information about the suspect.