Robber threatened to torch Vail bank
Monday, January 30, 2012
Wikipedia describes a Molotov cocktail as a breakable bottle containing a flammable substance such as gasoline and a source of ignition such as a burning cloth wick held in place by the bottle’s stopper.
A bank robber threatened to torch Westside State Bank in Vail on Saturday with a jar of gasoline before he fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
No arrest was made.
The suspect — described as a white man in his 30s, medium build, 5-foot-9 with a red-brown goatee who wore a blue hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, a surgical mask and white latex gloves — went into the bank at 115 N. Main St. at 9:10 a.m. and demanded money, Crawford County Sheriff Jim Steinkuehler said.
The robber allegedly held a tall antique jar filled with a clear liquid presumed to be gasoline with a rag stuffed into it. He threatened to ignite the rag with a lighter.
The concoction is commonly referred to as a Molotov cocktail. The weapon is thrown to shatter the glass container, which ignites the gasoline.
The man stole the money and ran west from the bank, Steinkuehler said.
The robbery follows two in Sac County in the past month, in Early and Odebolt, but no link to those robberies has been made.
“I’m not ruling that out,” Steinkuehler said.
He plans to meet with Sac County officials today to discuss details of the robberies that haven’t been made public to see if there is a connection.
The Odebolt robber claimed to have a gun, but the Early robber did not say he had a weapon.
Steinkuehler said the last robbery in Crawford County was three years ago in Denison, and a woman was arrested for the crime after Steinkuehler released images of her that his department had gleaned from bank surveillance video.
He plans to release images from Saturday’s robbery in the next few days.
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