FBI Updates Vehicle Description In Hunt For Bank Robber

The Buffalo FBI Office has released updated information regarding the Feb. 1 armed robbery of a Five Star Bank in Lakewood.

On late Thursday, the FBI said it now believes the vehicle used in the robbery was an early 2000s model Ford F-150. Authorities originally believed the vehicle to be a 1997 or 1998 F-250.

What is known for certain is that the pickup truck is maroon in color with a bumper sticker that reads “Beware of the Dog” on the right rear passenger window. A magnetic ribbon also appears to be on the passenger side door.

Police said the heavily disguised robber walked into the Five Star Bank at 284 E. Fairmount Ave. around 4 p.m. and ordered bank employees at gunpoint to clear out into the bank’s vault. The suspect also reportedly told employees he had strapped a bomb to his body.

Upon receiving the cash, the suspect — believed to be an older white male approximately 6 feet tall and 250 pounds — exited the bank and drove south on Mall Boulevard toward Hunt Road.

No one was injured during the incident.

Lakewood-Busti Police Chief John Bentley said a witness had taken a picture of the suspect’s vehicle during the incident. The weapon displayed by the suspect was a black semi-automatic pistol.

The FBI, New York State Police and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office have assisted the Lakewood-Busti Police Department in the investigation of the robbery. Anyone with tips are encouraged to call Lakewood-Busti police at 763-9563.