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Bank robber remains at large, FBI says

WICHITA — The man who robbed the Southwest National Bank branch on South Tracy near Towne West Thursday afternoon remains at large, authorities said today.

Investigators have "no leads" in the case, FBI spokesman Chuck Pritchett said.

The man walked in the south door of the branch at 454 S.

Tracy at 3:50 p.m. Thursday and placed a brown paper bag on the counter by a teller's window, Pritchett said.

"Fill it up," he reportedly told the teller. "I'm not kidding. This is not 'April Fools.' "

As the teller complied, the suspect fiddled with his gray jacket, leading witnesses to believe he was indicating he was armed, Pritchett said. But no weapon was seen, and the suspect never said he was armed.

The paper bag's logo had been blackened out by a felt-tip pen, perhaps a Sharpee, Pritchett said. The suspect left with the money in an unknown direction.

He is described as a white male about 35 years old, about 6 feet tall with short, shaggy, sandy-colored hair. He was last seen wearing a gray jacket, a black hat and black sunglasses.

He may have been driving either a black Mazda two-door or a black Mitsubishi Eclipse. Anyone with information in the case should call 911, the Wichita Police Department's robbery section at 316-268-4177 or the FBI at 316-262-0031.

Crime Stoppers can be contacted at 316-267-2111 or 800-222 TIPS (8477); by text message via CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with TIP217; or by Internet at www.wsccs.com.

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