Crime

July 25, 2014

FBI searches for robbers who have hit a series of North Texas banks

The latest robbery took place in Grapevine and authorities believe a yearlong string of hold-ups may be connected.

Federal agents and local law enforcement are investigating a year-long string of bank robberies that may be connected.

The first of eight robberies took place in July last year at a Richardson credit union, and the latest heist occurred on June 17 at ViewPoint Bank at 301 South Park Boulevard in Grapevine, according to a Dallas FBI news release.

In most of the robberies, two men walk into a bank and demand cash, with at least one of them brandishing a weapon. After collecting the cash the two men join another in a waiting vehicle, typically one stolen in the North Texas area. The getaway car is usually abandoned near the bank, authorities said.

The robbers all wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, gloves, hoodies or baseball caps and have masks or bandanas over their faces. The robbers are believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s and range from approximately 5-feet-7-inches to 6-feet tall. Two suspects have thin builds and one is heavyset.

The suspects are considered armed and dangerous and there may be a reward available for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the individuals involved.

The robberies have taken place at: The Neighborhood Credit Union, 1271 W. Campbell Road in Richardson, July 26; ViewPoint Bank, 2218 N. Jupiter Road in Garland, Sept. 9; Capital One Bank, 5310 Forest Lane in Dallas, Oct. 11; Qualtrust Credit Union, 3800 Cheek Sparger Road in Bedford, Dec. 18; BBVA Compass Bank, 5850 Long Prairie Road in Flower Mound, Jan. 28; Bank of America, 2015 Coit Road in Plano, March 10; Bank of Texas, 729 Waters Road in Allen, April 30; and ViewPoint Bank in Grapevine.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas FBI at 972-559-5000 or their local police.

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