On Sept. 27, a man brandishing a handgun walked into the Garrison branch of Deerwood Bank and robbed the teller of almost $3,000.
The robbery happened about 9 a.m. Three employees were in the bank at the time of the robbery but were not injured. The suspect fled the bank with about $2,800.
Crow Wing County sheriff's deputies responding to the robbery were assisted in the search for the suspect by Aitkin and Morrison county sheriff's departments, Mille Lacs Tribal Police and the Minnesota State Patrol. Helicopters from the DNR and State Patrol searched for the suspect by air.
During the search of the area surrounding Garrison, deputies went to the home of Jennifer and Jason Stiernagle after it was reported a car that fit the description of the suspect's vehicle was at the Stiernagle home. While searching the Stiernagle property a deputy shot and killed the family's dog, a border collie/Lab mix named Eddie.
Crow Wing County sheriff's deputies responded to the Garrison branch of Deerwood Bank after a man brandishing a gun robbed the bank of $2,800. Law enforcement are still looking for the suspect.
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On Oct. 1 Sheriff Todd Dahl offered an apology to the Stiernagles and a $445 check donated from American National Bank for two new dogs for the family.
As of Dec. 13 no arrests have been made in the case, Dahl said.
"We've diligently pursued all leads, but it's just come to a dead end for us," Dahl said. "We're asking the public, if they know anything at all, to get a hold of the sheriff's investigative unit and we'll pursue those right away."
The suspect is described as a white male about 6 feet tall with a salt-and-pepper-colored goatee. During the robbery, he was wearing a blue Columbia-style jacket and a Twins baseball cap. He drove away in a silver or gray four-door Toyota Camry that had been parked about a block away from the bank. A witness reported seeing a "J" on the Camry's license plate.
The public is asked to call the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department at 829-4749 or the Minneapolis FBI at (612) 376-3200 if they have any information about the armed robbery.
MATT ERICKSON may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5857.
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