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Mt. Pleasant Police identify bank robbery suspect

The bank’s surveillance footage shows a suspect leaving the bank Friday, Sept. 14/Mount Pleasant Police Dept.

Mount Pleasant police officers have identified the suspect in last week's bank robbery.

Police say Ionel Niculescu, 19, of Romania, is now wanted on a charge of Second-Degree Theft. Niculescu is still at large. He currently has warrants out for his arrest in Canada, and is being investigated by several law enforcement agencies.

Mount Pleasant investigators have learned that Niculescu is known for traveling with a gypsy band that targets coin shops, banks, jewelry stores and large department stores.

On Friday, Sept. 14, authorities were called to a report of a bank robbery at the U.S. Bank on East Washington in Mount Pleasant. Witnesses told investigators they saw Niculescu grab an undisclosed amount of money from the counter. The suspect immediately left the scene, possibly in a White Dodge Ram pickup truck.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department was assisted by several agencies and businesses, including the All American Coins and Bullion in Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Day School, Jeweler’s Security Alliance, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, York Regional Police (UK), United States Custom and Border Patrol, and numerous civilians.


See full press release below:

"On 9/14/18, the US Bank located at 301 E Washington St in Mt Pleasant reported a bank robbery that had occurred. A male subject had fled the scene possibly in a white Dodge Ram truck with an undisclosed amount of money.
Officers were able to identify the subject as Ionel Niculescu age 19 of Romania. He is currently wanted out of Canada and another country and is part of a traveling gypsy band that targets coins shops, banks, jewelry stores, and large department stores.
He is being investigated by numerous agencies at this time. He was charged with Theft 2nd and a warrant will be issued for his arrest.
The Mt Pleasant PD was assisted by several agencies and businesses including the All American Coins and Bullion in Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Day School, Jeweler’s Security Alliance, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations, York Regional Police (UK), United States Custom and Border Patrol, and numerous civilians who called in with information that assisted us. We would like to thank all of you for your cooperation."
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