Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, August 21, 2006

Arrest in Bank Robberies

Arrest in Bank Robberies

Boise, August 18, 2006 - Boise Police have arrested a man and charged him with two counts of robbery in connection with two bank robberies in the city this afternoon.

    Arrested: Alan Lee Brandt, 49, Boise

    Charged: 2 cts. Robbery

Background: Boise Police were called to a robbery at the Key Bank on the 1100 block of Broadway at 12;17 p.m. A witness who saw a suspicious man running from the bank was able to give responding officers a good description of the man.

A second bank robbery call came in at 2:11 p.m. to the 1st Bank Northwest at  14th & Idaho downtown. A witness saw a man leaving the bank and gave police a detailed description of his vehicle. responding officers, including a Garden City officer responding to assist BPD saw a vehicle matching that description and the driver was taken into custody for questioning. After some questioning, officers have been able to charge that man with both bank robberies committed this afternoon.

"Alert citizens were a big help to police in finding this man," said Boise Police Deputy Chief Mike Webb. "When officers are given good information quickly after a crime, we can find those responsible. We're very happy to have this bank robbery suspect in custody."

Whether Brandt is connected to any previous bank robberies in Boise or elsewhere is still under investigation. Detectives do NOT believe Brandt is connected to a woman arrested in an attempted bank robbery at the Wells Fargo on Boise Ave. this afternoon.