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FBI says robber was familiar with Hurst bank

HURST -- An armed bandit who robbed Colonial Savings Thursday was familiar with the layout of the bank, according to FBI officials.

The man armed with a sawed-off shotgun propped open a rear door before displaying the weapon and demanding money, authorities said.

FBI officials noted that the bandit who walked in with a black duffel bag committed a takeover style robbery at the bank in the 1500 block of Norwood Drive.

The holdup was reported shortly before noon Thursday.

After the holdup, the man fled on foot, police said. Witnesses told police that they saw the man run into a nearby culvert. Police locked down L.D. Bell High School for almost two hours after the holdup as they searched for the bandit. The school is located near the bank.

Witnesses described the man as in his late 20s or early 30s, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, about 145 to 160 pounds with dark hair that could have been a wig. He was wearing an orange hooded windbreaker, dark sunglasses with thick stems, dark pants and wearing one white shoe and one black shoe.

Anyone with information should contact the FBI at 817-989-8259.