Hastings & St. Peter Bank Robberies Linked 30 Dec 11

A bank in Hastings was robbed on Tuesday, and authorities say the suspect in that robbery has a nearly identical description as the suspect in a bank robbery in St. Peter that occurred last week. The Hastings robbery took place at around 5:30pm Tuesday. A white male approximately 6-feet tall and wearing a red and black coat, old blue jeans and black shoes approached the tellers at the First National Bank and demanded money. He allegedly displayed a handgun and made verbal threats before fleeing the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. Authorities are investigating the similarities between that crime and the robbery at the Wells Fargo bank in St. Peter on December 22nd. In that incident, a white man approximately 6-feet tall was reportedly waiting outside the Wells Fargo bank in St. Peter at just before 7am when an employee arrived to open the building. The man then allegedly displayed a handgun and forced his way into the bank before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash. The FBI is heading up that investigation, with assistance from St. Peter and Nicollet County authorities as well as the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The robbery was also originally though to be connected to bank robberies in the Twin Cities, but a link has yet to be confirmed.