Nac. Police arrest alleged charitable bank robber

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches bank manager confirmed his branch was robbed Tuesday morning, but Nacogdoches Police had apprehended a suspect and recovered all but a dollar of the stolen money.

According to Tommy Ellison, the North Street branch of Commercial Bank, located in Wal-Mart the robber ran off with the money around 10 a.m. Tuesday, after leaving a note with the teller which said he did not want to hurt her, but he needed money.

The alleged robber then ran out of the store, leaving a dollar in the Salvation Army kettle on his way out.

He then ran off the property toward the Nacogdoches Medical Center, where police apprehended him.

Ellison said the bank decided to leave the dollar in the kettle.

A police press release stated the robbery alarm was activated at the bank at 10:11 a.m. and they were able to get a description of the suspect from the teller while they were on the way to the scene.

Police stopped the suspect at 10:19 a.m. on Klein Drive, which is off the loop and arrested him without incident.

Business was not interrupted at Wal-Mart, but the bank branch was closed while the scene was investigated.

FBI arrived at the scene and police are handing the case over to them.

Police will release the name of the suspect once he is formally charged.

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