String of credit union robberies may be related
LANSING, MI (December 5, 2014) — Police are investigating whether five unsolved credit union robberies over the past three months – the most recent on Thursday – are connected.
Thursday’s robbery of the Astera Credit Union on Jolly Road marked the fifth credit union robbery since September, Lansing police Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said. A male suspect entered the credit union around 2:30 p.m. and passed a note demanding money, Merritt said. The suspect, described as 20- to 25-years old with a thin build, was handed money and left on foot, Merritt said.
It was not indicated if the man was armed in the police report, Merritt said.
Thursday’s robbery was only the latest in what appear to be a string of robberies targeting Lansing-area credit unions.
The same Astera Credit Union branch was robbed on Sept. 9. On Sept. 24, the Lake Trust Credit Union in the Frandor Shopping Center was robbed. The Case Credit union in south Lansing was robbed on Nov. 6 and Nov. 17, Merritt said. The same Case Credit union branch was robbed twice before the most recent string of area credit union robberies.
The Astera Credit Union was also robbed in August, but police arrested a Lansing man in connection to that incident. The man arrested was not involved with the most recent robberies, Merritt said.
Merritt said police are investigating whether some of the same people were involved in the robberies.
Anyone with information can call Lansing police at 483-4600.