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Police are working on 6 robberies since last Wednesday

A rash of bank robberies have police across the valley on alert.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 UTAH) - A rash of bank robberies have police across the valley on alert.

The latest bank robber struck the Zions Bank on South Highland Drive in Cottonwood Heights.

Police won’t say how much money the man got away with. He was last seen leaving on foot headed east on Fort Union Boulevard.

He is described as a 5-foot 10-inch white man with a slim build. He has straggly blond hair and was last seen wearing an orange jacket, green pants and a gray beanie with a scarf.

“It looks like he has a swollen or black eye on his left eye. That is probably the biggest distinguishing characteristic that he has right now with him,” said Sergeant Corbett Ford with the Cottonwood Heights Police Department.

This is the sixth robbery since Wednesday, five of which have happened in Salt Lake City.

Two of the men have been identified.

Police say Michael Bacon robbed the Mountain America Credit union on State Street Wednesday. He is wanted for similar cases across the Wasatch Front. Police are offering a cash reward for his arrest.

They are also giving a reward to the person that can put David Traversa behind bars. He is accused of robbing the US Bank the same day on Foothill Drive. Police say he is also connected to the bank robbery at Key Bank on Foothill Drive a week earlier.

Detective Coty Lougy with the Salt Lake City Police Department says, “He possibly got into a green Subaru Outback and fled the area.”

Police are also looking for a 6-foot, 170-pound white man who walked into and robbed the University Credit Union off South Richmond Street. Police say he was armed during the robbery. He was last seen wearing a blue and white stripe knit cap with a black pea coat.

Then last night, police say a 50- to 60-year-old white man robbed the Zions Bank on 910 W. 2100 S.

He has a goatee and weighs about 160 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark blue baseball hat that had a yellow-gold Maltese cross. He was wearing a white t-shirt, gray or beige jacket with a hood. He had dark pants on with beige hiking or work boots.

Since the beginning of 2014 there have been over 70 robberies in the Salt Lake Valley. To curb some of those robberies police are meeting next week with banks and credit unions to come up with a long term solution.

If you have any information on any of these suspects you are asked to call police at 801.799.3000 or 801.944.7100

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