Just One Week Later, Another Bank Robbed In West U.

January 20, 2010

Less than one week after a robber demanded cash at the Compass Bank on Edloe Street, West University Place Police are working with an FBI Task Force to try to solve another bank robbery, this one involving a handgun.

The bank robbery happened on Jan. 13 around 3:30 p.m. at the Chase Bank in the 4000 block of Bellaire Boulevard. No customers were inside the bank at the time.

“Two black males entered the bank. One produced a weapon and demanded money,” said West U. Detective David McCurry. “They got it and they left.”

McCurry said the FBI has tied the two suspects to another bank robbery on Washington Avenue in the Houston Heights area, and the pair may have robbed others.

Video surveillance captured images of the man who pulled a handgun on bank employees. He is described as a 45-year-old black male, who was unshaven and appeared about 5-foot-5-inches tall and 215 lbs. The other suspect is described as a 50-something black male, but police do not have images or a specific description.

“We have no particular leads,” McCurry said. “I talked to [the FBI] yesterday and they just have been swamped with other bank robberies.”

The other West U.-area bank robbery happened Jan. 9 at the Compass Bank in West U.’s city center. Police are still investigating the crime. That bank location was also robbed in Dec. 2008.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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