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FBI investigating string of East Texas bank robberies

Surveillance video shows two suspects. (Source: Gregg County Sheriff) Surveillance video shows two suspects. (Source: Gregg County Sheriff)
Surveillance video shows suspects getting out of car. (Source: Gregg County Sheriff) Surveillance video shows suspects getting out of car. (Source: Gregg County Sheriff)

Officials are still searching for three suspects involved in a bank robbery Tuesday morning.

The robbery occurred at Austin Bank on West Loop 323 and Shaw Street in Tyler just after 10:00 a.m. This is the second Austin Bank branch robbed in East Texas in the last 24 hours.

Though officials say they cannot confirm a connection right now, they tell KLTV they are looking at all possibilities, even those as far as Dallas.

Newly-released surveillance video from the Austin Bank robbery in Gregg County from Monday shows the suspects’ car pull up on the side of that Gregg County Austin Bank. Two black male suspects get out and head toward the building. From inside the bank, you can see as one man stands guard by the door while the other, armed with a shot gun, says out loud “give me the money,” to the teller. Both are completely covered from head to toe.

Then the outside camera catches the getaway car drive off while the two suspects run after it and all three, including the driver, flee together. The whole thing took just 13 seconds.

Two bank robberies in 24 hours. Tuesday morning a similar story at Austin Bank in Tyler, where police said three black male suspects held guns to employee’s heads while demanding money.

"And they just slowly walked in and then about two minutes later they just started rushing out and they had what looked like pistols or a bag in their hand,” Spencer Keeling, a witness, said.

They then took off abandoning the car just blocks away. The FBI is investigating both burglaries and officials said they are looking into any possible connections.

Just last month FBI officials in Dallas alerted the public they were searching for three suspects they believed were involved in eight robberies across North Texas. They are described as three black males between 20 and 30-years-old.

Those North Texas bank robbers can be seen on surveillance video entering that Allen area bank in April covered from head to toe and armed demanding cash out loud.

Officials said in most cases they jump in a getaway car and flee the scene then ditch the car nearby. All eight robberies took just 30 to 90 seconds.

Tuesday Austin Bank out of East Texas issued this statement:

Austin Bank is cooperating with local law enforcement in the handling of robberies which have occurred recently. We have faith in our law enforcement agencies and are confident they will find those responsible.

No car has been recovered from that Gregg County bank robbery from Monday. The suspects from the bank robbery in Tyler Tuesday morning are said to have switched into a gray Nissan Altima and dark red Dodge Stratus. It is not clear at this time how much money was stolen in either robbery. There was also another robbery at a Tyler Capitol One Bank Monday morning. That suspect is described as a white male wearing a suit and tie and is said to be driving a dark-colored Mercedes Benz.

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