Crime & Courts

Suspect in Anchorage credit union robbery went shopping at Walmart, put change in donation bucket, charges say

A man who robbed a Midtown Anchorage credit union Friday immediately went shopping for clothes and cigarettes at a nearby Walmart, according to federal charges filed Monday.

Michael B. Jensen, 34, walked into the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union on Northern Lights Boulevard around 11 a.m. and handed a teller a note, the charges said. Jensen was given $947 from the register and then walked out of the building.

FBI spokesman Steve Forrest said in an emailed statement that a weapon was not displayed during the robbery.

Surveillance video showed Jensen walking toward Chuck E. Cheese next to the credit union, investigators said. He left his red jacket alongside the restaurant and then headed to the nearby Walmart, charges said.

Jensen bought cigarettes, a lighter, a hat, green vest and neck gaiter before dropping spare change into a donation bucket outside the store, according to the charges.

He was soon arrested outside Loussac Library on Denali Street. Officers said credit union employees identified him in a lineup.

Jensen is facing a federal bank robbery charge and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Tess Williams

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