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Burleson police search for bank robber

Police have recovered money believed to have been stolen during a bank robbery Thursday morning in Burleson, but police were still looking for the suspect at 12:30 p.m., according to reports.

The Southwest Bank in the 500 block of SW Wilshire Boulevard was robbed shortly before 10 a.m. by a man toting a black bag, said Sally Ellertson, spokeswoman for the city of Burleson.

"The bag and an undetermined amount of money have been recovered," she said.

That discovery was made about 25 minutes after a call was sent from the bank to its alarm company, Ellertson said.

The bag with the money was behind a a TV repair business in the 500 block of Johnson Avenue, which runs parallel to with Wilshire, Ellertson said.

An airsoft pistol that had red dye on it was found in a grassy area behind Bodacious Barbeque, also in the 500 block of Wilshire Boulevard, Ellertson said.

It was unknown if the pistol belonged to the robber because no guns was seen inside the bank, Ellertson said.

"The suspect did not display a weapon," Ellertson said. "He did present the teller with a note."

When asked if the teller put a "dye pack" in the bag to mark the stolen loot, Ellertson said, "Those details can’t be confirmed yet."

The robber was a black man who appeared to be in his early 50s, said Sgt. Tom Hargrave of the Johnson County Sheriff Office.

He was about 6 feet 4 inches tall with a thin build and he had a salt-and-pepper beard, Hargrave said.

The man also wore a camouflage ball cap, a green windbreaker jacket with white stripes on the back and aviator-style sunglasses, Hargrave said.

Officers and detectives were canvassing the neighborhood around Kerr Middle School, which is in the 500 block of Johnson Avenue. Agents from the FBI responded to assist Burleson detectives with the investigation.

"The bank re-opened for business before 11:30 a.m.," Ellertson said.

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