A man police say robbed a downtown Casper bank last week is in custody after being arrested in northern Montana.

David Allen Sands, 48, was arrested Saturday by police officers in Great Falls, according to Sgt. Deahn Amend with the Casper Police Department.

The arrest came after authorities with the Great Falls Police Department were called to a Smith’s Food and Drug store for a shoplifting report. It was not clear what role Sands played in the alleged shoplifting, but he was at the scene, Lt. Tito Rodriguez with the Great Falls Police Department told the Great Falls Tribune.

Sands had an FBI warrant for felony bank robbery out for his arrest and was taken into custody.

On July 18 in downtown Casper, a man walked into the Wells Fargo Bank, approached a female teller and demanded money. Authorities have declined to say whether a weapon was used or how the robber made his demand.

The suspect left the East First Street bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. He then went down an alley and onto A Street before disappearing, Amend said.

Police later discovered a blue Adidas shirt near the alleyway.

Two days later, local authorities released a photograph of the suspect taken by surveillance cameras inside the bank. The photographs show the man was wearing blue jeans, light-colored tennis shoes and a blue shirt with a white Adidas emblem over the left side of his chest.

Amend, speaking Wednesday morning, said two days after those photos were released, someone walked into the Police Department with information about the suspect. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued for Sands.

Officials released an all-points bulletin last Wednesday saying law enforcement officials were looking for a man in connection with the robbery. The APB stated the suspect was possibly traveling in a Budget rental truck.

When Sands was arrested Saturday in Montana, a Budget rental truck was in the parking lot, Amend said.

No other person has been arrested in connection with the bank obbery.

It is unclear if Sands will face federal or state charges.

Reach reporter William Browning at 307-266-0534 or at william.browning@trib.com. Follow him on Twitter @wtbrowning.

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