14 Law enforcement agencies help arrest three bank robbery suspects


EATON CO., Mich. (WLNS) – This was the scene last night near the exit of I-96 and Northbound 127, where three suspected bank robbers lost control of their car and went into a ditch.

This prompted help from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies including the FBI and ATF.

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich says the four hour search utilized helicopters and dogs.

“We went through several canine tracking dogs due to the weather in the extreme terrain that they were searching for,” Reich said.

The dog that finally found the three suspected bank robbers, ironically his name is Cash.

“It was a lot of ground to cover in a relatively short period of time but everyone prevailed and we were persistent and we kept going,” Reich said.

Michigan State Police also helped in the search by sending a helicopter to the scene.

“They were there throughout the entire event,” Reich said. “I just think we have that relationship, I just can’t be more pleased on how well this operation went.”

It’s a team effort that the FBI has taken over, and sheriff Reich says this might not be the first time the suspects have robbed a bank.

“We’re working with the FBI on obtaining that information and it is very possible that these suspects were involved in numerous bank robberies,” Reich said.

Overall, officials say working together was the key.

“This particular case here was exceptional and I’m proud of the relationship that we have with other police agencies here in the tri-county area,” Reich said.

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