Police search for 'armed and dangerous' man connected to Nephi bank robbery

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NEPHI — A man who police say robbed a Nephi bank at gunpoint Wednesday evening may be connected to a similar robbery that occurred in Woods Cross in June, authorities said.

Police responded to a report of a robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank at 3 N. Main shortly after 5 p.m., said Nephi Police Chief Michael Morgan.

Morgan said the man was carrying a “large caliber handgun” and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

He ran south from the bank and behind a nearby business before police arrived, according to Morgan. Responding officers searched but did not find the man.

No injuries were reported.

The man is described as a white man, 5-foot-8 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, blue jeans, white shoes and a white bandana at the time of the robbery.

Police are asking residents to be on the lookout for him and said that he is "armed and dangerous."

There is a "strong chance" the robbery Wednesday is connected to Woods Cross bank robbery in June, said Woods Cross police detective Jen Hicks.

In that robbery on June 19, a man wearing a gray hoodie, black gloves and a black and gray camouflage bandana walked into a Utah First Credit Union, "presented a black handgun, pointing at everybody in the building," according to a written statement from the Woods Cross police.

Hicks said Thursday that in addition to similar clothing, the man in both robberies wore the same sneakers, carried the gun in the same hand and a red sedan was seen fleeing the area.

She said Woods Cross was working with Nephi and Bountiful police to see if the cases are connected.

Anyone with information about the man can contact Nephi police at 435-623-1626.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com.


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