For third time, bank robbed inside area HyVee

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Police say a robbery at the American Bank branch inside the Milan, Illinois HyVee store is related to two other similar crimes that happened in our area in the past six weeks.

The bank robbery was reported just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the store at 201 West Tenth Avenue in Milan.

Police said the suspect handed the bank teller a note which contained a demand for money and indicated he had a gun.  No gun was actually displayed.

The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police said the suspect was a man in his twenties, about 5-feet 10-inches to 6-feet tall.  He has light brown hair. 

Milan Police later said they think there is a connection between this crime and two other daylight robberies at bank branches inside local HyVee stores.  On August 20, 2012 the Wells Fargo bank branch inside the Moline HyVee on Avenue of the Cities was robbed.  On September 14 the Valley Bank branch inside the Bettendorf HyVee was robbed.

Stay with News 8 and for updates to this developing story.

Police said this man robbed the Wells Fargo bank branch inside the Moline HyVee on Avenue of the Cities August 20, 2012. (photo from Moline Police)

Surveillance image from Valley Bank inside the Bettendorf HyVee. The bank branch was robbed Friday, September 14, 2012.

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