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No leads in bank robbery

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

With investigators shy on leads, a $10,000 reward has been offered for information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for robbing a Wells Fargo Bank at Kimball Junction on July 19.

"I don’t know of any leads that came in as a result of the reward," Summit County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Booth said Monday. "I have mixed feelings about rewards, sometimes it [generates leads] sometimes it doesn’t."

The Sheriff’s Office and FBI are searching for a suspect described as roughly 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slender build. Surveillance tape shows the man has brown hair and has a mustache that extends to his chin.

During the robbery, the man wore a black cowboy hat, dark sunglasses, a white long-sleeved T-shirt, blue jeans and black cowboy boots, the Sheriff’s Office has said.

"It’s still an open and active investigation," Booth said, adding that interviews conducted by detectives so far "didn’t pan out."

One man was interviewed after he was reported to police by a female acquaintance, Booth said, adding that the tip "went nowhere."

Investigators are unsure whether the lone suspect was armed, Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brad Wilde said.

The suspect claimed to have a gun. He fled the building at 6480 N. S.R. 224 after he was handed an undisclosed amount of cash around 11:37 a.m., Wilde said.

"He told the teller he was robbing the bank and demanded money," he said, adding that witnesses claimed that man spoke with an accent.

Nobody was injured.

The Park City Police Department recently solved another bank robbery in the area by nabbing a suspect in a case that occurred at Key Bank in 2004, Park City Police Department Lt. Phil Kirk said during a recent telephone interview.

A suspect was also caught in a robbery that occurred at Frontier Bank in Park City in 2002.

Anyone with information about the Kimball Junction robbery is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office tip hotline at (800) 828-8477. Wells Fargo offered the reward in conjunction with the Utah Bankers Association.


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