TV Reporter Spotted Bank Robbery Suspect While Filming A Live Segment (Video)

by Sean Levinson

A TV reporter spotted an alleged robber in action while doing a live broadcast outside a bank that had been previously robbed that week.

According to TIME, KIMT's Adam Sallet was reporting from outside the Sterling State Bank in Rochester, Minnesota on Tuesday to discuss a bank robbery from the day before.

Sallet had just begun to speak when a bank employee came running right behind him, pointing his finger at something in the distance out of the video frame.

The employee then apparently informed Sallet he was chasing the robber, who had returned to the bank and robbed it a second time.

A confused Sallet had no choice but to casually tell his viewers about it.

He said,

That's the robber. This is live TV, folks. That's the robber, just went by, according to the bank employee. So, I got to go here and call 911. I'll talk to you later.

The alleged robber, 36, was arrested later that day after a police officer who was leaving a training class came upon the suspect's vehicle.

Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin said Sallet's description of the suspect's car "matched the vehicle we were looking for, so we knew right away that this was very likely the same guy that hit [the bank on Monday].”

Sallet said he was "on edge already because that guy was a little suspicious," referring to the alleged robber he saw running away off-camera.

Suspect near robbery scene in Rochester during MidDaySuspected Sterling State Bank robber runs by KIMT News 3 reporter Adam Sallet on live TV. Here's the initial video. Posted by KIMT News 3 on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Citations: TV Reporter Spots Minnesota Bank Robbery Suspect on Live TV (TIME), Reporter on-site for robber's second bank heist (PostBulletin)