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Credit union robbed in South Anchorage

Matt Sartwell

Another bank was robbed in South Anchorage on Saturday -- the second in a week, law enforcement officials said.

At 4:19 p.m., a man walked into the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union at 125 W. Dimond Blvd. and demanded money from a teller. The bank employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the robber fled, according to Anita Shell, an Anchorage police spokeswoman. No weapons were displayed and no one was injured.

It was not immediately known if the man escaped on foot or by vehicle after leaving the bank. Canine units performed a "track of the area" early Saturday evening, Shell said.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, between 25 and 30 years old with an average to slim build, Shell said.

Police were still gathering evidence and searching for the suspect at the bank as of 6:30 p.m. No further information was immediately available.

On Tuesday, $1,600 was taken from the Credit Union 1 at 1941 Abbott Road shortly before 5 p.m. In that case, the man handed a teller a note demanding money. No one was injured.

FBI Asst. Special Agent in Charge Kevin Donovan said Saturday evening that it was too early to tell if the cases were related, and that the investigation into the Alaska USA robbery had just begun.

Witnesses described Tuesday's robber as a black male between 20 and 30 years old, wearing a black ball cap with a dark brim, a black leather coat, a dark hooded sweatshirt, black gloves, dark jeans and black shoes. He wore sunglasses with colored, reflective lenses, Donovan said. Surveillance video caught the suspect in Tuesday's robbery and was distributed to the media on Thursday. It was unclear if the Alaska USA robber was recorded.

The credit unions are less than a mile from each other.

Anyone with information about the robberies should contact the FBI at 276-4441 or the Anchorage police at 786-8500.


By MATT SARTWELL
msartwell@adn.com