does anyone recognize this bank-robbing jet setter?

By Jim Stanford on December 31, 2012


Bank photo provided by police.

Goes by the name of “Charlie,” with a strong South African accent, police say.

The man is suspected of robbing the U.S. Bank on Powderhorn Lane at about 12:30 p.m. today.

Police say the man is roughly 6-foot-2 and 350 pounds, muscular but not obese, with big ears that stick out. He is wearing a long, black suit jacket and tan slacks to go with the pictured cap, and has a big silver watch on his left wrist.

Cops are advising citizens not to approach him but to call 307-733-2331.

New Year’s Eve seems to bring more and more outrageous revelers to Jackson Hole, but this is getting out of hand.

Update 1/24: Authorities have arrested Corey Donaldson, 39, an Australian living in Sandy, Utah, as the alleged robber.


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17 Comments so far

  1. jake December 31, 2012 2:31 pm

    no way he is 350#. i think they mean 250.

  2. emily December 31, 2012 3:34 pm

    Does anyone else think it looks like Jamie Mackay if he let himself go for a while?

  3. Brad December 31, 2012 3:49 pm

    Careful, emily. But he DOES look familiar,

  4. Nick January 1, 2013 6:27 am

    Police Dept. photo shows ears a little better. Looks like cauliflower ear. A 300+ lb. boxer from S. Africa, you just give him the money.

  5. MillsD January 1, 2013 10:45 am

    Looks like CurtMorgan… Hmmm

  6. Heather January 1, 2013 9:25 pm

    Emily, that is the dumbest response of the year congrats!!

  7. js January 2, 2013 10:38 am

    Just joking, I’m sure. He does look like Curt Morgan. The original photo from the bank camera likely was stretched vertically, making him look thinner than he is.
    I heard — and this is not from any official source — the guy made off with $140,000. That seems like a large sum (especially for the bailed-out U.S. Bank!), and when I discussed it with a few friends, one said a robber would have to get money from the vault to reap that much. Teller drawers purposely are kept small. Authorities usually are reluctant to release such information to discourage copycats.
    The News&Guide reported that no weapon was used, although he may have threatened the teller with “military explosives.”

  8. cv January 2, 2013 2:26 pm

    How do they pin down a south african accent? I mean, really, doesnt that sound aussielike?

  9. Brad January 2, 2013 8:04 pm

    Careful with the cheap shots, Jim. It’s normal for banks to have that much, or more, cash on hand in their vault, especially on a holiday week. You’re correct in that he would have got only $30,000 or less from just the tellers. It’s not much of a secret. This guy knew what he was doing and obviously knew he could successfully intimidate the staff sans weaponry.

    And what’s TARP got to do with anything here? I’m no defender of banks, but when the TARP program was concocted, many otherwise healthy banks, large and small, tried to refuse the program but were required by the treasury dept. to take it, as the entire banking system was seen at risk. They were required to hold the funds a minimum of one year before any repayment was allowed. US Bank was not “bailed out” in the way you mean, and among the first to put it back in ’09 at the one-year mark:

  10. js January 2, 2013 8:15 pm

    It was just a joke! Not the first bank anyone would have thought to be robbed. Laugh!

  11. Mike at the Barber Shop January 2, 2013 8:21 pm

    Dude kind’a looks like ‘Jamie’ on the TV show “MythBusters”…
    Just sayin’.

  12. Brad January 3, 2013 7:40 pm

    Understood, Jim. (Hee!)

  13. Brad January 3, 2013 7:51 pm

    BTW, kudos on getting those additional security cam photos that show the perp as more of an older, heavier intimidating thug. Talk about having free reign of the facility!

  14. Gringo January 5, 2013 6:10 am

    I would bet there are less than a handfull of jxn-itey who can distinguish a south african accent from OZ or NZ….or even coventry!

  15. David January 9, 2013 9:31 am

    Just goes to show how a little planning can go a long way.

  16. John Sidle January 11, 2013 10:00 am

    Please don’t screw around with picture’s aspect ratio…that makes ID and weight estimation difficult!

  17. js January 11, 2013 10:36 am

    That’s the way the photo came from the police department, and yes, the aspect ratio appeared to have been changed — probably so the image could be enlarged, or because it was transferred from surveillance video.

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