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Yankton Bank Robbery

A surveillance image released by the Yankton Police Department shows a bank robbery suspect, pictured with an unmarked parcel, robbing the Wells Fargo Bank in Yankton, S.D., on July 26, 2016. David Giese was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday for the robbery.

YANKTON, S.D. | Yankton Police have released photos of the suspect believed to have robbed a downtown Yankton bank while armed with a suspicious package Tuesday afternoon.

Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen said the suspect, disguised as an elderly male and holding a package, entered the Wells Fargo bank at 200 Cedar St. shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, demanding money and claiming the package was an explosive device. 

After the suspect left the bank, Paulsen said the manager of the bank called law enforcement. Several agencies, including the FBI, Division of Criminal Investigation and a Sioux Falls bomb squad, reported to the scene and closed off the area. The package was found to be benign. 

Paulsen said the person did not use a weapon during the robbery. The amount of money stolen from the bank is still under investigation. 

Police on Wednesday gathered evidence for running fingerprint and DNA testing. As of Wednesday afternoon, Paulsen said no tips had been received. 

Surveillance images released late Tuesday night by the Yankton Police Department show the person standing at the bank counter wearing a red baseball cap, with a square cardboard box sitting next to him.

Police have also released an image resembling the vehicle the suspect left in. Police are requesting aid from the public in identifying the suspect or the vehicle.

Those with information can contact the police department at 605-668-5210.

The Wells Fargo Bank's Cedar Street branch was closed Wednesday. 

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