The hunt for a bank robbing suspect is coming into focus. College Station police are hoping enhanced images can provide the key to cracking their latest bank holdup.
On Monday, CSPD released newly-touched-up images from surveillance equipment outside the First National Bank at Post Oak Mall.
Around 12:30 p.m. Friday, a 5'8" white male demanded money from a teller, then headed towards JCPenney. He wore a grey hooded sweatshirt, faded jeans and white tennis shoes, and after he left the bank, he removed his ski-mask and put on a ball cap.
The robber took an undisclosed amount of money in the process. No employees were injured in the incident. In fact, the suspect didn't even show or speak of a weapon.
Authorities are also looking into the possibility that this man robbed the same bank five months ago. During that incident, the suspect did have a handgun, but was also described as a 5'8" white male who wore a grey hooded sweatshirt and white tennis shoes.
If you have any information on either incident, you're asked to call College Station Police at 764-3600.
In addition to the release of enhanced photos, First National Bank also made their first statement concerning the incident. Kevin Dorton, a senior vice president and risk manager, wrote the following:
"The First National Bank has been and will always be sensitive to the health and well-being of our employees while at the same time balancing the needs of our customers. The primary reason a branch was placed in the mall over twenty years ago was to minimize the risk of merchant employees having to carry deposits through the parking lot in route to other less convenient locations. Towards the safety of our employees, we have long used security features widely accepted throughout the banking industry to hopefully deter robbery attempts. And while we are working with security consultants and mall security to explore opportunities to enhance our established features, we are reluctant to specifically address everything we are doing so as not to jeopardize the effectiveness of same on a go forward basis."
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