Officials search for robbery suspects

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Numerous law enforcement agencies are joining together to search for bank robbery suspects on the loose in North Texas, officials said.

Katherine Chaumont, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Dallas office, said they are seeking the public’s assistance to identify suspects responsible for eight similar robberies that have occurred in the past year, including one in Flower Mound.

Chaumont said Thursday the Flower Mound incident occurred at the BBVA Compass Bank on Jan. 28 of this year.

To date, no one has been seriously injured, but the suspects’ actions have become increasingly aggressive, according to a news release from the FBI.

In most of the robberies, two to three men enter the bank and demand cash and show weapons. After receiving the cash, the robbers exit the bank and leave in a waiting vehicle driven by another man. The vehicles are typically abandoned near the bank and are determined to be reported stolen from the North Texas area, officials said.

All suspects have been seen wearing long pants, long-sleeve shirts, gloves, hoodies or ballcaps, and full masks or bandannas over their faces. They are described as black males in their late 20s or early 30s, with heights ranging from about 5-foot-7 to 6 feet. Two suspects have a thin build and one is heavyset.

Investigators from the Dallas FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and Allen, Bedford, Dallas, Garland, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Plano and Richardson police departments believe the robberies could be connected.

Chaumont said it is possible there could be different suspects in the cases.

The men are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dallas FBI office at 972-559-5000 or the local police department.


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