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Police arrest Taylorsville man suspected in multiple bank robberies

Police arrest Taylorsville man suspected in multiple bank robberies

(Salt Lake County Jail)


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WENDOVER, Nevada — A Taylorsville man suspected of robbing multiple banks in Utah was arrested Monday night in Wendover.

Members of the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force, along with detectives from the Unified Police Department, arrested Thomas Allen Riessen, 35, without incident in his room at the at the Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino Monday night.

Riessen's girlfriend, who was with him, was questioned and later released, said Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke.

Riessen is believed to have robbed at least six banks in the past four weeks around the Salt Lake Valley, with the most recent being Tuesday morning, Lohrke said. In each case, the bank robber passed a note to a bank teller demanding money.

"It is believed that the robberies were driven by drug addiction," he said.

Riessen was being held in the Elko County Jail on Tuesday while possible federal charges are considered.

In July, Riessen was charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing a Cyprus Credit Union, 5750 S. Redwood, at gunpoint, according to charging documents. Riessen was identified in that case by his mother who saw a media story on the robbery and recognized her son. A warrant in that case was issued on July 6.

Riessen also has outstanding warrants for failing to stop for police and retail theft in one case, and falsifying a registration tag on his vehicle in another case, according to court records.

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