Mason City police believe ‘AK-47 Bandit’ struck credit union Tuesday

Iowa Heartland Credit Union, July 28, 2015
Iowa Heartland Credit Union, July 28, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa – During a Wednesday afternoon update, authorities investigating Tuesday’s armed robbery of a credit union explained it may have been the latest crime by the serial robber known as the “AK-47 Bandit.”

Authorities say the suspect was driving a black 2007-2009 Toyota Camry LE.

Iowa Heartland Credit Union, July 28, 2015_3
Iowa Heartland Credit Union, July 28, 2015

The incident happened at Iowa Heartland Credit Union on South Monroe shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday.  According to investigators, a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle walked in and demanded money.  On Wednesday, authorities added new information, including the robber forced bank employees into the vault, and that’s where they were found when police arrived.  Nobody was hurt but he did get away with cash.

The suspect was described as white, 20 to 30 years of age, 6’1″, wearing a black ski mask and gloves.

July 28, 2015
Iowa Heartland Credit Union, July 28, 2015



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More information from the FBI on this week’s incident:

July 29, 2015

AK-47 Bandit Strikes Again

It is believed the AK-47 Bandit struck again; this time in Mason City, Iowa.  On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at approximately 9:55 a.m. the Heartland Community Credit Union at 1602 S. Monroe Avenue was robbed.  The lone male suspect was described as a white male, 5’9” to 6’, medium build, possible blue eyes, 20’s to 40’s, wearing a black ski mask and gloves.  The suspect was armed with an AK-47 with a high capacity drum magazine.  The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and left the area in a 2007-2009 model black or dark-colored Toyota Camry LE.  It is believed in past robberies suspect has used a dark Nissan Maxima with chrome door handles.  The suspect left behind a suspicious item that was rendered safe by FBI bomb squad personnel and State Fire Marshal.

The community is asked to contact law enforcement with any information regarding this incident.  If you think you have located the involved vehicle, do not approach as the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.  Contact local law enforcement immediately.

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect who shot and wounded a Chino police officer after robbing a bank in 2012 and who has since been linked to four bank robberies and one attempt in multiple states using an assault rifle.

Additional information on prior robberies:  Additional Information About the AK-47 Bandit


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