Burton bank robber still at large

Published: Jun. 8, 2018 at 4:50 PM CDT
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A Washington County bank robber is still on the loose and investigators need your help finding him.

The normally quiet town of Burton was busy with law enforcement Thursday looking for a bank robber. That afternoon around 1:30, surveillance cameras captured a man around 6 feet in height, with heavy build and wearing a cowboy hat and mask, entering the bank. He then robbed it at gunpoint.

Law enforcement are also looking for a white pickup truck.

"I went out to look, Lord, there were cops everywhere," said Grace Boehnemann, an 86-year-old volunteer at the Burton Bridge Ministry Thrift Store next to the bank. "I was just thinking he was going to hurry up and get out of Burton."

"We were glad to know everybody was safe and he didn't come over here. That was a good thing," said Kristina Newton, who also volunteers at the store.

Just down the road, another bank has become famous for its policy welcoming in firearms.

For about ten years, the Chappell Hill Bank has allowed licensed concealed carry holders to come inside their lobby armed.

"If you were so inclined, which I'm sure you're not, to rob a bank, would you go in one that said 'no weapons allowed' or one that said 'concealed carry welcome'? If you were ever thinking about it, you'd go in one that said 'no weapons allowed,'" said Edward A. Smith, Chappell Hill Bank President.

Smith says the bank has been robbed five times since it opened in 1907, and zero times since they started allowing guns. They also have a reward sign for dead bank robbers.

"An old sign that was put up during the Depression, and that’s a copy of the original, but the last time they paid it out was in the seventies and I think it was Giddings, Texas, but you have to kill them in the lobby," he said.

Back in Burton, Washington County Sheriff's officials says they are getting a lot of tips on the suspect.

News 3 stopped by the bank in Burton for comment but they referred us to law enforcement. Multiple agencies, including the FBI and Texas Rangers, are investigating the robbery.

If you have more information on the case, you can call Washington County Crime Stoppers at (979) 836-TIPS (8477).