A thief with a torch robbed a bank in St. Cloud, and police are asking for help

Police believe the suspect is involved in three separate incidents.

There's someone going around the St. Cloud area using a blowtorch to commit thefts, including a brazen smash-and-grab robbery at a local bank. 

Police have linked three separate incidents this week to the suspect, the shadowy figure captured in the surveillance photo above. 

Other than what the image tells us, there doesn't seem to be much else known about the suspect yet. 

The first incident connected to the suspect happened Thursday at an apartment complex on Quarry Road, where someone reported an "unknown suspect" using a torch to "melt open the change box on a vending machine," a news release says.

St. Cloud firefighters also showed up because the attempted theft set off the fire alarm, police say. No arrests were made. 

The next day, officers responded to a property damage call at the Wells Fargo on 33rd Avenue South, where someone tried breaking in through the bank's drive-up window, first with a rock, and then with a torch. 

Another bank a few blocks away wasn't quite as fortunate. 

According to the release, yet another property damage report brought officers to the Bremer Bank on 2nd Street South, where a thief had used a rock to break in, and then torched their way into the tellers' drawers.

The suspect then made off "with an unknown amount of cash."

Police are now asking anyone with information on the suspect to call them at 320-251-1200, or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301. 

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