Wednesday, March 13 2013, 10:23 AM CDT
Police seeking bold, fast, frightening bank robber
VIDOR - by Ashley Gaston - Police call the robber “bold, fast and frightening.”
The man rushed inside Compass Bank on North Main in Vidor January 23rd and ran out with cash.
6 News anchor Ashley Gaston explains, “It's the way he committed the crime that left an impression and has people talking one week later.
“You will see how quickly this guy enters the bank and is behind the teller line-he bounds over the counter like nothing,” said Chief Dave Shows.
Vidor investigators released these surveillance pictures Wednesday. The cameras captured the January 23rd robbery at the BBVA Compass bank on Main Street.
“When people get between hope and desperation they do crazy things,” said Pastor Bruce Lockett.
One day after the robbery, a teller told Pastor Bruce Lockett what had happened. He says he was stunned.
“Locally this small community you don't have bank robberies,” said Lockett.
The way the robber struck has people talking a week later. He ran inside the bank, jumped over the counter, helped himself to the cash drawers and then jumped back over the counter and ran away.
Police say the man was in the bank for only a couple of minutes. Witnesses say the man ran out the front doors, across this grassy area, across Main St. and then out of sight.
“It had some shock value to it, everyone was pretty stunned,” said Chief Shows.
The Chief believes someone is bound to have information that could help even though they might not realize it.
“What they saw could be the key to help us solve the case,” said Shows.
And get this man off the streets.
Investigators say the robber is a black man, but there is little else to go on because he covered most of his face and body.
If you have information about the robbery, call Vidor Police at 769-4561.