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NEW INFORMATION: Police say tips helped to identify suspect in bank robbery

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - (NEWS RELEASE):

On November 21, 2014 at approximately 10:25 a.m., Eau Claire Police responded to a robbery at Wells Fargo Bank, 204 East Grand Avenue, in the City of Eau Claire. Upon arrival, officers secured the scene and determined the suspect had already fled on foot in an unknown direction. The initial investigation showed that a lone white male suspect had entered the bank, demanded money and received an undisclosed amount of cash from the bank teller.

Eau Claire Police received numerous tips identifying the suspect as Benjamin M. Craig dob 01/18/1982. Tips were also received indicating that Craig had fled to the Duluth, Minnesota area.

An extraditable criminal arrest warrant for the bank robbery was issued for Craig. Eau Claire Police collaborated with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Duluth Police Department to take Craig into custody without incident on Saturday November 22 at a local hotel in Duluth, MN.

Craig was interviewed and he confessed to the robbery. Craig is currently being held in the St. Louis County, MN jail awaiting extradition back to Eau Claire for the bank robbery charges.

Eau Claire Police would like to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and Duluth Police Department for their assistance. Eau Claire Police would also like to thank the public for their assistance in identifying Benjamin Craig and providing other tips.

Community support and identification was an integral part of this investigation which led the Eau Claire Police Department to a quick resolution.

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Eau Claire Police Department (News Release) -
On November 21, 2014, the Eau Claire Police Department responded to a bank robbery at Wells Fargo Bank, 204 E. Grand Ave. During the course of the investigation, Benjamin M. Craig, DOB 1/18/1982, was identified as the lone suspect. Information was also obtained that he traveled to Duluth, MN, shortly after the robbery.

A criminal arrest warrant was issued for Benjamin Craig related to this case. Eau Claire Police detectives collaborated with the Duluth Police Department who located Benjamin Craig on Saturday night, taking him into custody without incident. Craig is currently being held in the St. Louis County, MN jail.

Additional information and details will be made available on Monday. Please do not contact the Patrol CO desk for information.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Police have released photos of a suspect who they say robbed the Wells Fargo bank.

Police are looking for a man described as in his thirty's about six feet tall, 250 pounds. At the time of the robbery he was wearing jeans, a black jacket and hat.

It happened just before 10:30 this morning. Police received a call that the main branch of Wells Fargo bank had been robbed. Officers say the man walked into the bank, demanded money and was given an unknown amount of cash. He then took off.

The FBI is involved in the investigation and police want you to know that they don't believe the public is in any danger.

"Anytime a bank robbery is involved the FBI is automatically called in,” said Lieutenant Jim Southworth with Eau Claire Police. “We believe this is a random act at this point. There haven't been any other incidents in the area that show us that we need to be concerned. "

Anyone who recognizes this man or noticed anything out of the ordinary in the downtown area Friday morning is asked to call the Eau Claire Police Department.

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Eau Claire (News Release) - On November 21, 2014 at approximately 10:25 a.m., Eau Claire Police responded to a robbery at Wells Fargo Bank, 204 East Grand Avenue, in the City of Eau Claire. Upon arrival, officers secured the scene and determined the suspect had already fled on foot in an unknown direction. The initial investigation showed that a lone white male suspect had entered the bank, demanded money and received an undisclosed amount of cash from the bank teller. Nobody was hurt during this incident.The suspect is described as a white male possibly in his 30's , approximately 5'10” to 6' tall, and around 240 – 260 lbs. The suspect was wearing a light colored shirt a black stocking cap, black zip up jacket, and glasses.

The Eau Claire Police Department partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and conducted multiple interviews. Members of the Eau Claire Police Department Crime Scene Unit processed the scene for evidence.

The Eau Claire Police Department asks community members who were in the proximity of this robbery with additional information or can identify the suspect in the photos to please contact Eau Claire Police Department Detective Lieutenant Derek Thomas at 715-839-6281. Individuals are also encouraged to anonymously call the Eau Claire Police Department Tipster Line at 715-839-4982 or Text ECPD and the tip to 847411 (TIP411).

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Eau Claire police are investigating a mid-morning bank robbery in downtown Eau Claire.  

A police spokesman confirms that the Wells Fargo bank at 204 East Grand was hit this morning just before 10:30. Police are canvassing the downtown area, searching for a suspect. The suspect is described as a white male, around 30-years-old, with scruffy facial hair. Police say he was wearing jeans and a black jacket and hat. Anyone who might have been near the bank this morning, and has information to share, is asked to call police. 

The bank has posted a sign on the door saying the bank is temporarily closed.  That is standard procedure following a robbery. We're told Wells Fargo is working to provide police with images from their security cameras. There's no word on what, if any, weapon was involved.  Police stress that the public is not in danger and believe this was a random event. We will pass along more details as they become available.
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