Public’s help needed in identifying wanted bank robbers

By LeaAnne Klentzman

Fort Bend law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in identifying the baggy suit- floppy hat wearing bank robbing duo that have plagued Fort Bend County in recent weeks.

Although this is the season of giving, local banks are finding themselves being taken by gun wielding baggy suit-floppy hat wearing pair of bank robbers. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in an Aggravated Robbery of a bank Friday afternoon in the Sugar Land area.”

The robbery he is reminding the public about occurred at the Capital One Bank on Friday afternoon, November 30, 2012, along State Highway 6 in front of the Woodbridge neighborhood in northeast Fort Bend County.

On that particular Friday, shortly before 2 p.m. Haenel said, “A lone armed suspect entered the bank wearing a suit, sunglasses, a black or dark blue bandana, and a floppy hat.” While this man was waving his pistol around he gave the tellers a bag demanding they fill it with cash. The suspect walked out of the bank and faded into a nearby neighborhood. Later that day an area search resulted in the discovery of what investigators believe was a suspect vehicle as well as other items of evidence.

Law enforcement officials from the Sheriff’s Office to local police departments are seeking input from the public on the identity of the lone robber in this case to the duo believed to be responsible for this bank robbery, one in Stafford, as well as one in New Territory just days before.

In the previous two robberies the gun wielding robbers were dressed similarly; however, they failed to get away with any loot. In the Stafford robbery the dye pack exploded inside the car; the crew abandoned both the stolen suburban as well as the stolen “red” cash. Then days later at a Chase bank in New Territory, as the pair entered the front door of the bank to rob it, the tellers abandoned the building out the back door. The duo baggy suit-floppy hat crew was left holding the bag, empty handed.

Anyone with information on the identity on either of these robbers or information on any of the bank robberies is asked call Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at www.fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org.

Information leading to the arrest of prosecution of these suspects could earn a reward of up to $5,000. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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