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Lawrence man, 25, charged in Wichita bank robbery

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.


Prosecutors have charged a 25-year-old man arrested in connection with Thursday’s theft from Bank of America branch at 21st and Ridge Road with one count of bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Documents filed in federal court Friday allege that Matthew W. Greenlee, of Lawrence, walked into the branch, 7310 W. 21st St., at 3:45 p.m. and passed a note to a teller demanding money be placed in a bag.

The note ended with “thxs and plz” – shorthand for thanks and please – Grissom said in a news release.

Greenlee then left with the cash. About 90 minutes later, he returned to the bank with his father and surrendered to police processing the crime scene, Grissom said.

The relative who “brought (Greenlee) back” to the bank saw a surveillance photo of him broadcast on television Thursday, a Wichita police report says. Authorities released an image of a bearded, balding man wearing a sunglasses, a red shirt and green hooded sweatshirt about an hour after the robbery.

The man pictured is holding a green cloth grocery bag authorities say was used to stash the stolen money.

Early Thursday evening, police could be seen questioning Greenlee through a window at the bank. Authorities escorted him to a patrol car about a half hour later and drove away. He was booked into Sedgwick County Jail about 9 p.m.

Greenlee remained in custody Friday evening, jail records show. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines, Grissom said.

Wichita police Sgt. Steve Yarberry said Thursday night that at least some of the stolen money had been recovered; he would not disclose the amount taken. A police report twice lists the bank’s loss at $6,980 in U.S. currency.

Several employees and one customer were in the bank during the robbery, Yarberry said. No one was hurt.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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