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SBPD thanks community with helping in armed robbery investigation

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Scottsbluff Police Chief Kevin Spencer is thanking the community and media for helping in the investigation involving an armed robbery earlier this week.

Chief Spencer told KOTA Territory News that law enforcement "couldn't have done this without the community coming together to help us with this and it all started with our initial investigation in getting information and photographs out to the media."

Police arrested 28-year-old Michael Galindo, accused of robbing the Git N' Split gas station in Scottsbluff, early Thursday morning after a labor intensive investigation.

After media releases of photographs circulated Wednesday afternoon the police department was contacted by staff at a local bank branch in Scottsbluff. 

The report suggested that the suspect (as seen in the surveillance video during the robbery) had been at the bank minutes prior to the robbery.  The bank was located in the downtown business district.

A Scottsbluff Police Officer conducted interviews at the bank and obtained additional surveillance video of the suspect, whom was dressed very similarly to the robbery suspect. 

The officer recognized the suspect from previous contacts and compiled a photo-lineup including a photo of the male he believed to be in the surveillance video from the bank.  An employee of the bank identified the subject from the line-up.

The investigation also determined that Michael Galindo was currently wanted on several outstanding warrants.  He was being sought on a Lancaster County warrant, 2 Buffalo County warrants and one Scotts Bluff County warrant.

In the early morning hours of Thursday January 16th, Scottsbluff Police officers were called to a local restaurant to investigate an unrelated disturbance.  When officers were investigating the disturbance they observed the suspect, Michael Galindo inside of the restaurant.

Officers spoke with Galindo and another male whom accompanied him.  Officer's located drug paraphernalia in a vehicle associated with the men in the parking lot and the vehicle was seized. 

Officers interviewed the subjects and information was developed to support search warrants for the vehicle as well as a residence where Galindo resided.  Evidence linking Michael Galindo was found in the search at the residence.

Galindo was arrested and booked into the Scotts Bluff County Jail on charges of Robbery, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).  Galindo was also booked on the outstanding warrants.

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