Crime & Courts

Wichita police still seeking man who robbed west-side bank

The man who robbed the Southwest National Bank branch near Towne West Square on Thursday remains at large, authorities said Friday.

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

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

He is described as white, about 35 years old, and 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 on the Web at www.wsccs.com.

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