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07/10/03 - Gresham

Another Regions Bank Branch Robbed

Another bank robbery in Smith County happened Thursday -- for the second time in a week in broad daylight, and authorities think the bandit might be the same man.

The pictures to your left are of the surveillance video on Thursday's robbery as compared to the surveillance from Monday's robbery.

Thursday's robbery happened in the center of the community of Gresham.

The robber strolled in, said nothing, and just handed the teller a note. What he wrote hasn't been released, but in his other hand was a handgun, which said clearly what he was after. After he got the cash, he fled south in a pewter color Chevy pickup truck.

Jeff Millslagle, FBI: "The investigation is centered around locating the truck. We're working with Tyler Police Department, the Smith County Sheriff's Office, and DPS to locate the truck."

Investigators hope it won't take long as the truck had a headache rack and ladders in the bed. The description of the man is very similar to Monday's robbery at Regions Bank in Tyler.

"The description of the robber is the same. White male, about 5-8 to 5-10, with a thin build," Millslagle said.

Gail Byrd works across the street and is scared that this happened in this small community.

"It's scary. I worry about it when I get here early like I do."

Workers at the bank wouldn't talk on camera, but friends and neighbors say they're just relieved that no one was hurt. The full description from witnesses -- the robber is a white male, 5'8" to 5'10" tall, with a thin build. He has a blond ponytail. He left in a 1/2 ton pewter Chevy extended cab truck with a headache rack, and ladders in the bed.

You can call the Smith County Sheriff's Department with any information.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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