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Police apprehend robber of Chemical Bank in Marysville

By Jim Bloch

A day after a branch of Chemical Bank in Marysville was robbed, police apprehended the suspect in Detroit.

“We have him in custody,” said Tom Konik, chief of the Marysville Public Safety Department, Monday morning. “We’re still trying to put all the pieces together.”

Steven Robert Welsh, 54, of Port Huron is being held on a $250,000 bond, the chief said.

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A photo of the suspect taken by bank security video. – Photo courtesy Marysville Police Department

“At approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, the Chemical Bank at 2015 Gratiot Boulevard in the City of Marysville was robbed,” said Konik in a press release Thursday morning. “A white male with gray beard and mustache, wearing a dark-colored, zip-up hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans entered the bank and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot, east from the bank with an undetermined amount of cash. The staff in the credit union was unharmed. A police K9 tracked the individual to the rear parking lot of the McDonalds restaurant nearby.”

The man does not appear to have been armed.

“Not that we are aware of,” said the chief. “He didn’t display anything or brandish a weapon. There was nothing in the note about a weapon.”

The suspect did not wear a mask.

“He wore oversized sunglasses and a hoodie pulled up to try to hide his face,” Konik said.

The suspect apparently parked at McDonald’s and walked to the bank.

“We have video of him leaving the bank and walking east behind the businesses to McDonald’s,” said Konik.

The police department posted photos of the suspect from bank cameras on social media Thursday morning and residents began calling the department to report sightings of the man and various leads.

The suspect in Chemical Bank in Marysville. – Photo courtesy Marysville Police Department

Surveillance teams in Port Huron spotted the getaway car. When they pulled the car over, they asked the driver to exit the vehicle. The driver complied, but it turned out that he was not the suspect. The suspect was a passenger in the car. He slid over into the driver’s seat and sped away. Police chased him until the pursuit became too dangerous to sustain.

On Thursday evening, the car was spotted in Detroit, pulled over and Welsh was arrested without further incident in the stolen vehicle.

So he stole his friend’s car?

“They knew each other but the other guy apparently did not know he had robbed the bank,” said Konik.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery may call the Marysville Police Department at (810) 364-6300 or CAPTURE at (810) 987-6688

Jim Bloch is an award-winning freelance writer based in St. Clair, Michigan. He writes about the environment, local politics, art, music, history and culture. Contact him at bloch.jim@gmail.com.

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