Tricounty News

Bank robber still at large

An armed bank robber got away with an undisclosed sum of money from the St. Augusta branch of the State Bank of Kimball Friday morning, Sept. 8. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office received a call at about 7:50 a.m. that the bank had been robbed. By the time authorities arrived, the suspect had fled on foot. Deputies set up a perimeter and searched the area until past noon. They used a bloodhound, and were assisted by St. Cloud Police and a State Patrol helicopter. A nearby school, St. Mary Help of Christians, was in lock-down Friday morning as a precautionary measure. The search was called off early Friday afternoon, and efforts were focused on surveillance tapes. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, a lone black man entered the bank as an employee was coming in to work. He held a handgun to her and demanded cash; it is not yet being reported how much money he took with him. No one was injured during the robbery. A photo of the suspect, from bank surveillance video, may be released at a later date. He is described as a black male, possibly in his mid-20s, wearing blue pants, a dark-colored jacket with patterned sleeves, sunglasses, baseball cap, and a bandana partially covering his face.