In case you’ve lost count, there have been three business robberies in four days – the first was at a Jacksons Food Store in Homedale, the latter two were Boise banks.
Boise police were quick to say that Wednesday morning’s robbery at a KeyBank on Broadway Avenue was not believed to be connected to the robbery of a Washington Federal branch on Orchard Street Monday morning.
Could either be linked to the early Sunday robbery of the Homedale Jacksons?
“Any patterns are certainly part of any investigation,” Boise Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said. “In these, as in all similar cases, BPD is working with other local agencies and the FBI to see if they may be connected to other ongoing investigations.”
Police say a man entered the KeyBank next to the Burger King on Broadway just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen walking west.
The robber is described as light-skinned, 30 to 50 years old, between 5-feet 8-inches and 5-feet-10-inches tall. He wore a windbreaker jacket (yellow on top, black on bottom), black baseball cap, with sunglasses and a yellow bandanna over his face.
The man who robbed the Washington Federal branch at 9:35 a.m. Monday did not display a weapon.
The robber was described as 28 to 30 years old, about 5-feet-10-inches tall, 150 to 160 pounds, with closely shaved hair and a medium skin tone. He wore a pink shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses.
He walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash in a paper bag and was last seen walking north on Orchard Street. A Jeep Liberty that was stolen from a gas station near Franklin and Cole roads around the time of the bank robbery is believed to be connected, Hightower said. Police recovered the vehicle a few blocks from the bank.
When asked about any leads on suspects in the bank robberies, Hightower said both cases are “under active investigation.”
Homedale Police Chief Jeff Eidemiller did not return calls Wednesday for information on the investigation into the Jacksons robbery, which occurred at 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the 101 East Idaho Ave. store.
The Jacksons robber was described as a Hispanic man who is 20 to 25 years old and has a medium build. He wore a black Nike jacket with the hood pulled up, a dark-colored beanie, brown shorts and dark-colored work gloves.
He not display a weapon, but police said he should be considered armed. He ordered the clerk to open up both registers and put all the money in a Jacksons bag. He fled on foot.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Homedale Police Department at 208-337-4222. Anyone with information on the Boise bank robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 208-343-2677 (COPS).