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Published November 05, 2010, 04:29 PM

FBI: Men Carjack Bank Employee, Rob Anoka, MN Bank

The FBI says two men carjacked a bank employee from her driveway, drove her to the Anoka US Bank branch where she worked, then took money from the vault before running away on foot.

By: Associated Press,

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two men accused in a string of suburban bank robberies apparently struck again Friday — and this time, they carjacked a U.S. Bank employee from her driveway, drove her to the Anoka branch where she worked, forced her to open the vault and took cash before running away, the FBI said.

The agency believes it's the third time these men robbed an area bank, and it seems the pair is getting more bold.

"This is taking it to a new level," said FBI spokesman Steven Warfield. "Obviously this is somebody we need to catch."

The FBI said that at about 6 a.m. Friday, the woman was confronted in her driveway by two men who said they would shoot her if she didn't cooperate. The men got into her car with her, and one of them drove to the bank. The FBI said the men knew how to get to the bank from the woman's house.

Once at the bank, the employee was told to let the men into the vault, where they took an undisclosed amount of cash. The FBI said the woman was not harmed.

Warfield said it's not clear if the men might have followed the employee home from work, if they were watching her house, or if they were told when she would be going to work.

Authorities believe the men are also suspects in the August robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank in Champlin, and the September robbery of a U.S. Bank in Plymouth. In the Plymouth incident, they allegedly wore masks and used a semiautomatic handgun and a knife to force employees into the vault just as the bank was opening. They then left the workers bound and blindfolded, the FBI said.

The FBI believes the men also tried to rob banks in Chanhassen and Lakeville.

The FBI said the men are described as black males in their 20s or 30s. One is about 6 feet tall with a thin build, the other is about 5-foot-8 with a stocky build. In Friday's incident, they wore dark clothing, including masks and gloves.

Authorities said other suspects may be helping the men.

U.S. Bank said it was offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to arrests and convictions in these robberies.

The FBI said U.S. Bank hopes the award underlines the seriousness of these crimes.

"U.S. Bank is concerned about the welfare and safety of its employees and customers and will not tolerate either of them being placed in danger," the FBI said in a statement.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (612) 376-3200.

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