Iowa City police in search of bank robbery suspect

Third time bank has been robbed in just more than a year

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Police are investigating after an Iowa City bank was robbed for the third time in 13 months Monday morning.

Iowa City police Sgt. Denise Brotheron said officers responded to an alarm at U.S. Bank, 2312 Mormon Trek Blvd., shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. Several officers remained on scene checking the area as of 12:30 p.m.

Brotherton said that no weapons were used in the incident, and it is believed that the suspect passed a note to a bank employee. The suspect reportedly fled with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.

The same U.S. Bank was robbed on Feb. 3, 2012 and Nov. 18, 2011. In both previous cases, a white male suspect displayed a handgun. No injuries were reported.

The suspect in Monday's incident is described as a black man wearing a yellow pull-over fleece jacket, gray pants, a black stocking cap, black gloves and sunglasses, police said.

Brotherton said officers were still in pursuit of the suspect and would continue to follow all leads. She added that it is not uncommon for banks on the outskirts of town, like this one, to be subject to robberies.

U.S. Bank is offering up to $10,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible. A $1,000 reward is also available through the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (319) 358-TIPS (8477). Anonymous tips are accepted.

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