Two in custody for bank robberies in Galesburg, Oshtemo Township

This surveillance video was obtained from the bank cameras as the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office search for a suspect in two bank robberies, in Galesburg and in Oshtemo Township in December 2017. (Contributed)

Two people have been arrested in connection with the robberies of two banks in the area, the Comerica Bank in Kalamazoo and the Galesburg PNC Bank.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on the arrests Monday, saying that both suspects are in custody.

The fist robbery occurred just after 10:30 a.m. at the Comerica Bank at 5080 West Main Street in Oshtemo Township. The suspect was described as a white male in his 50's dressed in a tan Carhartt coat and pants, a black hat and dark glasses. His nose was described as "crooked" to deputies.

The second robbery occurred just before noon Dec. 16 at the PNC branch on West Michigan Avenue in Galesburg. Deputies said the suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money. The male suspect indicated he had a weapon however, none was seen.

Investigators immediately linked the two, saying that the description of the suspect (a slender white man about 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-1-inch tall), a getaway car, and the suspect's routine were very close.

In announcing the arrests Monday, the Sheriff's Office said that both suspects were involved in both robberies.

Following the second robbery, Undersheriff James Vandyken said the robberies were "almost identical.:

“He did the same thing at both banks,” Vandyken said. “The vehicle is identical, clothing, note, everything is the same.”

The car was a silver or gray minivan, Vandyken also said, and there was someone else driving the vehicle.

“So, we're looking for a person who may be sitting in that van unoccupied or occupied by one person just sitting there waiting for him to exit a bank or some other area and then flee,” Vandyken said at the time.

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