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Meridian, Boise police search for man who reportedly robbed three banks Monday

Police say this man robbed two credit unions in Meridian around noon Monday. Very similar photos were distributed of a man who robbed a Boise bank about an hour earlier.
Police say this man robbed two credit unions in Meridian around noon Monday. Very similar photos were distributed of a man who robbed a Boise bank about an hour earlier.

Surveillance photos from the first robbery, around 10:50 a.m. on West Emerald in Boise, are very similar to those from two heists in Meridian an hour or so later.

Witnesses describe a short, black-haired man with a mustache, goatee and sunglasses who, at least in the Meridian robberies, handed a note to the teller stating he had a gun and demanding money. No weapon was displayed, and the man escaped with an undisclosed amount of money, Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea said.

The robber appeared to be in his early 30s, between 5 feet, 3 inches and 5 feet, 6 inches tall and about 135 pounds, Meridian police said. He wore a plaid shirt, dark pants and a blue and white baseball cap with a square logo, police said. He carried a white paper bag and may be driving a small black or dark gray sport-utility or crossover vehicle, police said.

Boise police haven’t named the bank that the man reportedly robbed in the 9100 block of West Emerald Monday morning, but said the suspect is “connected to multiple other bank robberies.” No details of the Boise robbery have been released.

The first Meridian robbery took place about an hour later, at 11:50 a.m. at Pioneer Federal Credit Union, 850 E. Fairview Ave. The second was reported around 12:10 p.m. at Clarity Credit Union, 555 S. Meridian Road.

Police are searching for the robber in each of the incidents. Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Ada County Dispatch at 208-377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 208-343-2677.

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