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PD: Public tips lead to arrest of Tempe bank robber

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 14:32:56-04

Police say tips from the public led to the arrest of a man who robbed two Tempe banks.

Tempe police report that on July 19 a man entered the Wells Fargo bank near Mill Avenue and University Drive and demanded money in 50's and `100's. Witness say the man walked with a limp and had tattoos on his arms and hands including one that said 'Arizona' on his left hand.

Police put out a surveillance photo and received multiple tips from people that know 43-year-old Matthew James Grenier, saying it was him.

Grenier was released from prison last August after doing six years for armed robbery. Pictures of Grenier were shown to witnesses who identified him as the suspect. 

Another bank robbery in Tempe on April 28 has also now been linked to Grenier. He reportedly stole over $7,000 in the two robberies.

Grenier was arrested on July 24 at his home in Tempe.