Longview police looks for bank robber

Published on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 22:42 - Written by Staff Reports

Longview police were investigating the fourth bank robbery in East Texas within a week.

At 3:04 p.m. Wednesday, a white man wearing jeans, a grey Polo-style shirt and a plaid baseball cap robbed the East Texas Professional Credit Union in the 3800 block of Gilmer Road, according to Longview police. He was wearing tennis shoes, possibly a white T-shirt under the polo, and his face was partially covered with a bandanna.

The man, armed with a handgun, robbed a teller and fled from the bank n a tan colored four-door SUV.

The robbery is the latest in a string of bank heists.

Four different banks robbed in less than 30 hours have authorities looking for at least two different sets of robbers who have hit banks in the city of Tyler and Gregg County.

Austin Bank at Loop 323 and Shaw Street in Tyler was hit Tuesday just before 10 a.m. when three black males made their way into the bank armed with guns and wearing make-shift masks. The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in a gold-colored vehicle with a missing hubcap on the driver’s side.

Less than a mile away, police found the getaway car used in the heist, Tyler police spokesman Don Martin said.

Moments after the robbery, Tyler police found a gold Ford Crown Victoria dumped behind a small church at the corner of Britton Avenue and Carden Street.

Martin said witnesses near the church indicated the robbers left the abandoned Ford in two vehicles, including a red Dodge Stratus and a gray Nissan Altima.

The gold-colored vehicle and robbers descriptions matched information Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano gave Monday regarding an Austin Bank robbery in his county.

Cerliano said the men quickly entered the bank, displayed firearms and left in a gold vehicle.

Early Monday, a white male dressed in a business suit and wearing a nylon stocking over his face robbed two female bank employees at the Capital One Bank on Copeland Road and Loop 323 in Tyler.

Martin said the man was last seen driving away in a newer, dark-colored Mercedes.

Anyone with information on this bank robbery is asked to call detective Trevor Yates at 903-237-1110.