Bank Robber Identified

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (KCRG) - Authorities have identified the man in the photos who is a suspect in a theft at a bank in Mount Pleasant that happened last week.

Authorities say it was 19-year-old Ionel Niculescu from Romania.

Police say he is currently wanted out of Canada and another country. Niculescu is part of a gypsy band that travels targeting banks, jewelry stores, coin shops, and large department stores.

Niculescu has been charged with 2nd-degree theft and a warrant will be issued for his arrest.

Police say the security footage captured the two people, one being Niculescu, captured them in the downtown area of Cedar Rapids at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at 11:45 a.m. Friday on Washington Street at the U.S. Bank.

Police say a man took an undisclosed amount of money without showing any kind of weapon.

He then left in a pickup truck headed northbound from the bank.

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 helped the Mount Pleasant Police Department in the investigation.

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