Bryan Police Investigating Similarities In Two Bank Robberies

BRYAN, Texas It's hard to ignore the similarities between two Bryan bank robberies in the past three weeks.

They both began with carjackings in which the stolen vehicles were used as getaway cars, then abandoned.

Police aren't yet saying if the cases are connected.

News 3 took a look at the similarities in the robberies, and why police still need your help.

They are crimes still needing to be solved.

On Friday three African American masked men robbed The Bank & Trust on Highway 21 in Bryan.

On July 30th the Commerce National Bank on 29th Street was held up by two men caught on camera while another is believed to have driven a getaway car.

Before both crimes the bank robbers carjacked people at gunpoint.

"They got me out, threw me down on the ground and they made me put my hands out front, tried to zip tie me as you can see they zip tied," said David Whitener, a local Realtor, during a July 31st interview.

On July 30th he had his car stolen while he was parked outside of a home being inspected on Oaklawn Street in Bryan.

Just an hour and a half later, police say they hit the Commerce National Bank.

Then on Friday another carjacking this time on Mobile Avenue in Bryan.

Renia Joshua's sister's car was stolen from two friends who were sitting inside.

"She ran in and said somebody came and took the car gunpoint," said Joshua.

20 minutes later The Bank & Trust was robbed.

Blurry surveillance video from next door captured their escape.

In both instances thieves ditched the cars nearby right after the robberies. But police haven't made a connection yet.

" There are similarities between the two bank robberies and the investigators will look at the possibility of them being connected, but at this time there's no evidence that connects them," said Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan Police Department.

"I don't think they are the sharpest tools in the shed so I think they are gonna get caught," said David Whitener.

The FBI is also investigating to see if the men are responsible for other bank robberies across the region.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of these robbers.

The hotline for Crime Stoppers is (979) 775-TIPS (8477).

In the carjacking related to the first bank robbery, the victim was slightly injured.

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