Suspected Robber of Banks in Birmingham, Ferndale, & Bloomfield Twp. Arrested

 

Suspected Robber of Banks in Birmingham, Ferndale, & Bloomfield Twp. Arrested

(Birmingham Police, Aug. 2, 2018)

Birmingham (MI) Police, in cooperation with Ferndale and Bloomfield Twp. (MI) police as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, helped lead to the arrest of a serial bank robbery suspect who struck a Birmingham based credit union on July 13, 2018.

BIPD said the suspect, identified as 55-year-old Jeffrey James Chaney of Bloomfield Township, MI, is charged with robbing DFCU Financial credit union at 2483 W. Maple in Birmingham of an undisclosed amount of money. Birmingham Police received a report of a bank robbery at about 5:30 p.m. on July 13, 2018.

Police said a lone white male, believed to be Chaney, entered the credit union wearing a white construction dust mask to hide his identity. Police said he also displayed a weapon is his waistband. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money from the teller, police said, the suspect fled on foot on southbound Cranbrook Rd. Police added it appeared the suspect was going to rob a Huntington Bank branch at E. Maple in Birmingham 20 minutes prior to the credit union incident. However, employees inside the Huntington Bank recognized the suspect in his disguise as he approached the bank, so he fled prior to entering the bank.

“The suspect matched the description of the person responsible for two bank robberies that had occurred in the City of Ferndale and Bloomfield Township,” said Birmingham Police Chief, Mark Clemence. “The suspect is also believed to be responsible for the robbery of a bakery in the City of Oak Park,” Clemence noted.

Chaney was arrested on Friday, July 20, 2018 on federal bank robbery charges. Mr. Chaney has been arraigned on the charges in federal court.

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