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Information sought in bank robberies

May 21, 2008
The Maui News
LAHAINA — Police are investigating a possible link between two recent bank robberies in Lahaina.

One robbery was reported at 3:45 p.m. May 14 when a man approached a teller in the Lahaina branch of Territorial Savings Bank in Old Lahaina Center at 845 Wainee St., said Lt. Chad Viela of the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division. He said the man had a note that demanded money and made threats. The robber also displayed a 3-by-3-inch box that was covered with black electrical tape and had red wires, Viela said.

After being given an undisclosed amount of money, the robber left the bank, heading mauka, Viela said.

He was described as in his 40s, Caucasian, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and of medium build, weighing about 145 pounds. He wore shorts and a black shirt.

Viela said detectives are investigating whether the same man was involved in a bank robbery the afternoon of March 10 at the American Savings Bank branch on Papalaua Street.

In that case, the robber with a similar description approached a teller at 3:19 p.m., holding a device that appeared to contain an explosive and handing the teller a note demanding money, police said. The suspect left with an envelope containing cash and was seen walking toward Front Street.

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division at 661-0559.

Calls can also be made to Maui Crime Stoppers at 242-6966. Callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and are given a code number. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people responsible for felony crimes.


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