Mpls. FBI searching for serial bank robbers

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PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- Authorities are asking the public's help in finding some bank robbers who could be connected to a half dozen robberies around the metro.

The F.B.I office in Minneapolis says two men in masks entered the Anchor Bank on Vinewood Lane North in Plymouth, Thursday morning, brandishing black semi-automatic handguns.

They forced two bank tellers and another bank employee to open the vault.

The robbers then ordered the employees to the floor while they took money from the vault.

The robbers fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money carried in a black backpack.

A witness outside the bank observed the robbers leaving the scene in a red Chevrolet Tahoe.

No one was injured during the bank robbery.

The F.B.I says the robbers are described as black males. One of the robbers is about 6 feet tall and weighs about 250 pounds. He wore a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black sneakers, a mask and gloves. The other robber is described as being about 5'9" tall with a slender build. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a black mask and gloves. He carried the black backpack.

The men are also believed to be responsible for the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank in Champlin on August 4, 2010; the U.S. Bank in Plymouth on September 13, 2010; the U.S. Bank in Anoka on November 5, 2010; and the InterBank in Roseville on February 9, 2011. They are also believed to be responsible for attempted robberies at the TCF Bank in Chanhassen on August 30, 2010 and the TCF Bank in Lakeville on September 2, 2010.

Last November, U.S. Bank announced it was offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men responsible for these robberies.

Anyone with information should contact the Minneapolis F.B.I. Office at 612-376-3200, the Plymouth Police Department at 763/509-5160, or Crime Stoppers at 800/222-8477.

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