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3/23/05-Tyler

Pair Of Armed, Masked Bank Robbers Strikes Again

Armed, masked men rob a Tyler credit union and police say it's not the duo's first time.
The two robbers hit the East Texas Professional Credit Union in South Tyler at the intersection of Rice Road and Kinsey drive.
The FBI and Tyler police believe the pair is responsible for a Tyler robbery last week, and another last December.
Just before 9:45 Wednesday morning police said the pair of robbers was at it again. The two masked men, covered from head to toe in dark clothes entered the East Texas Professional Credit Union pointing handguns, ordering employees down on the ground, and demanding money from the teller.
Investigators believe the men hit Tyler's Austin Bank last Monday, and the Citizens State Bank on Highway 64 on December 30th.
"Their M-O," said Officer Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department, "(it was) the same type of physical description. Basically how they came into the bank, type of weapons that were used, and also how they used the vehicle and dumped it shortly after the robbery."
In the Austin Bank robbery a stolen vehicle was used to getaway. This time it was a stolen Tyler Independent School District maintenance truck.
TISD officials said the bandits cut through a fence around the maintenance department to gain access inside to the truck. Then the robbers cut the chain that locked the gate so they could take the truck outside. It wasn't until and employee arrived at about 6 o'clock Wednesday morning they discovered the truck was missing.
A mile and a half away from the credit union Pine Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation employees found the truck behind their building minutes after the robbery.
"He said what's this truck doing back here and I said I don't know," James Williams a Pine Crest employee discovered the truck with a co-worker. "It was a TISD truck. It was just running just sitting there and we went back there and called and didn't hear nobody so we called and told the police."
Police brought in a search dog to track the robbers, believing the men fled on foot in to the woods. The two are still on the loose.
The suspects are described as two black males, wearing dark clothes, bandanas over their faces and gloves. The FBI and police are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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