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Longview bank robber 'disappears' from surveillance, has not been locate

Surveillance from the bank robbery. (Source: Longview police) Surveillance from the bank robbery. (Source: Longview police)

East Texas police are stumped in their search for a bank robber who they say vanished just a few blocks from the bank.

A surveillance camera at the East Texas professional credit union on Gilmer road caught images of the suspect. Officers say the man walked into the bank on August 13th and robbed a teller at gunpoint.

The man was wearing blue jeans and a gray polo and a distinctive hat, pointing a weapon at the clerk. The man's face was partially covered.

In the few minutes from the time he entered until fleeing in a car, he simply disappeared.

"He got in that vehicle and pretty much vanished. There were several streets in that area; unfortunately, no one had security cameras in that area. Seems like he was very deliberate in his actions; from the time he walked in to the time he walked out was a very short amount of time," says Longview police officer Kristie Brian.

The question police have is how did the suspect do it? How did he simply disappear within a two-block area without anyone seeing him or his vehicle?

Private investigator Johnny Edwards, who has 30 years of law enforcement experience, has some theories.

"Well, obviously he thought this out well. I'd say he went over plans and the scenario several times before he committed the crime," Edwards says.

Edwards says the clothing may have been part of the plan.

"Basically, a smokescreen to hide who they really are, the clothes, the polo, and hat make people focus away from the facial features," he says.

He got an undisclosed amount of money, and might have know how to avoid areas under video surveillance.

"If he did his homework, a lot of times homes that have security systems have it posted outside. Highly unlikely he still has that same vehicle," says Edwards.

"We still don't have a lot to go on," Brian says.

But time works against the suspect.

"He hasn't fallen off the face of the earth. Someone knows who he is," she says.

East Texas Professional Credit Union is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect.

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