Officials receiving tips for Crash Dummy Bandit's ID - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Officials receiving tips for Crash Dummy Bandit's ID

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - We spoke with the FBI to pass on a tip we received from a viewer saying the Crash Dummy Bandit may have been a specific East Texas man, but the Dallas area FBI office said that the lead washed out.

That said, info is still pouring in. Surveillance video caught the Crash Dummy Bandit robbing a Washington Mutual on Friday, and on Monday he robbed Omni American in Euless, a Wachovia in Dallas.

Monday, a heavy set, white man, wearing a straw hat walked into the United Credit Union in Tyler and handed the teller a note. They say it's the same MO as the other robberies.

Now, the Crash Dummy Bandit got his name because sometime between Friday and Monday, the robber's arm was all of a sudden in a sling and brace. He also had a bandage on his nose. FBI agent Mark White works out of the Dallas office. He said the "Bandit's" condition could be real, but it's also very likely it's just a ploy.

"It's not uncommon for a bank robber to mask their identity or distract people from actually seeing what he looks like by putting something on his face, or wearing the hat, or in this case, wearing a sling," explained White. "He is going to get caught. A person may be able to commit a bank robbery or a few bank robberies, but they get caught...and the more bank robberies he commits, the longer he's going to spend in prison."

Agent White said they are also following lots of tips from people about the white truck the robber was seen driving including some partial license plate information. Again, authorities say a bank employee saw the robber's get-a-way car. He was last seen driving a white Ford F-150 pickup with gray or black bumpers and no front license plate.

©2009 KLTV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • DPS investigating single-vehicle fatal crash

    DPS investigating single-vehicle fatal crash

    Sunday, May 27 2018 10:46 AM EDT2018-05-27 14:46:22 GMT
    crashcrash

    A man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck in Harrison County. According to a press release, a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling eastbound on US-80 when the vehicle went off the south side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle is identified as Lawrence C. Walls, 49, of Marshall. Walls was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Mike Smith. His body was transported to Meadowbrook Funeral Home. DPS states that the crash is under investigation. Copyright 2017 K...

    More >>

    A man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck in Harrison County. According to a press release, a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling eastbound on US-80 when the vehicle went off the south side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle is identified as Lawrence C. Walls, 49, of Marshall. Walls was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Mike Smith. His body was transported to Meadowbrook Funeral Home. DPS states that the crash is under investigation. Copyright 2017 K...

    More >>
  • Tyler police searching for suspect accused of theft

    Tyler police searching for suspect accused of theft

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:36 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:36:26 GMT

    Tyler police are looking for a theft suspect.  The theft occurred Saturday at 3300 Troup Highway.  The victim is described as a 85-year-old female. According to a report, the woman was followed into the restaurant by a Hispanic male. The male suspect then allegedly stole the victim's purse after she left it unattended.  A witness alerted the woman to the theft. The victim then checked the parking lot and discovered that her vehicle had been taken. The vehi...

    More >>

    Tyler police are looking for a theft suspect.  The theft occurred Saturday at 3300 Troup Highway.  The victim is described as a 85-year-old female. According to a report, the woman was followed into the restaurant by a Hispanic male. The male suspect then allegedly stole the victim's purse after she left it unattended.  A witness alerted the woman to the theft. The victim then checked the parking lot and discovered that her vehicle had been taken. The vehi...

    More >>
  • Veterans hold annual Buddy Poppy event

    Veterans hold annual Buddy Poppy event

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-05-27 00:59:06 GMT

     In a tradition of spring, East Texas veterans organizations ask people to remember memorial day through accepting a symbol.  A flower.  Memorial day weekend, a time of reflection and honoring those who have fallen while serving our country.     The gift of a simple 'buddy poppy' has a deeply profound meaning for veterans. Thanks to a World War one officer. "The original story was written and thrown in the trash. John Mcrea dug ...

    More >>

    In a tradition of spring, East Texas veterans organizations ask people to remember memorial day through accepting a symbol. A flower. Memorial day weekend, a time of reflection and honoring those who have fallen while serving our country. The gift of a simple 'buddy poppy' has a deeply profound meaning for ve

    More >>
Powered by Frankly