Gresham bank robbery, bomb scare close Division
- Mara Stine
- Gresham Outlook - News
Suspect leaves suspicious packages while he escapes
Two rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed a Gresham bank by threatening that he had a bomb.
The man entered MBank in the 1200 block of Northeast Burnside Road at about 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, gave the teller a note indicating he had a bomb and demanded money, said Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger.
The suspect - who displayed no weapons other than the alleged bomb - left a package behind and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A second package was discovered outside the bank, and police believe the robber deliberately left it there to further fuel the bomb scare.
Police evacuated the bank and surrounding businesses and closed Burnside and Division Street during the investigation.
A robot from the Metro Explosive Disposal Unit examined the packages and discovered they contained 'nothing but trash,' Junginger said.
Portland police later stopped a vehicle that matched the description of a car seen leaving the bank at the same time as the robbery, but 'it turns out he was standing in line in front of the suspect,' Junginger said.
The suspect remains at large.
Anyone who noticed something suspicious at the bank or who has information on the robbery or the suspect is encouraged to call the Gresham police tipline at 503-618-2318. He is described as a male in his 30s with a dirty appearance.
The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Taskforce is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspect. Crime Stoppers also is offering up to $1,000 for information on the case that leads to a conviction. To reach Crime Stoppers, call 503-823-HELP (4357).