Two area banks robbed near Zona Rosa

Two banks located near Barry Road in Southern Platte County were robbed in the past week.

The latest came around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, as the First Federal Bank of Kansas City was held up.

Kansas City Police and the FBI said a man in his mid 30s, standing 6-foot-2 with a dark goatee robbed the bank at 8308 Prairie View Road. He left in a southern direction and police gave chase, including using a helicopter to check the area near the bank, across the road from Zona Rosa.

The Park Hill School District placed several buildings on a hold including, Renner Elementary School, Congress Middle School, Park Hill High School, the Gerner Family Early Education Center, as well as the district’s central offices, for about 20 minutes.

The suspect wore a brown hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a ball cap and has similar features to a bank robbery suspect that robbed a Bank of America at 2728 Vivion Road on Monday.

“We always look to see if there are any similarities or commonalities between the robberies. We have seen similarities in some of the recent robberies, but have not released any definitive statement linking any of the robberies as of yet,” Bridget Patton, an FBI spokeswoman based in Kansas City, told KCTV5.

A White Chevrolet Lumina was used as a getaway car in that robbery.

On Wednesday, April 11, the North American Savings Bank at 7012 NW Barry Road — across the street from the First Federal Bank — was robbed around 9 a.m.

The suspect there was between 35 to 45 years old, about 6-4 with a medium build. He wore a yellow hooded sweatshirt that he pulled over his face. He was last heading west on Barry Road in a silver four-door passenger car after stuffing the money in a pink bag.

 CODY THORN/Citizen photos The First Federal Bank of Kansas City (above) and the Northern American Savings Bank (below) are both located near Zona Rosa and both were robbed within the past seven days. NASB was robbed on Wednesday, April 11, while the First Federal Bank was robbed Tuesday, April 17. The bank was closed for the remainder of the day (bottom) following the incident at 1:30 p.m.

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The First Federal Bank of Kansas City (above) and the Northern American Savings Bank (below) are both located near Zona Rosa and both were robbed within the past seven days. NASB was robbed on Wednesday, April 11, while the First Federal Bank was robbed Tuesday, April 17. The bank was closed for the remainder of the day (bottom) following the incident at 1:30 p.m.

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