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Kelly Tyler Credit Union Bank Robbed

Kelly Tyler Federal Credit Union on Highway 31, just outside the Tyler city limits, was robbed. Police say two black males, armed with guns robbed the credit union. Smith County investigators say two black males entered the Kelly Tyler Federal Credit Union around 10:40 AM Monday morning.

Sergeant Pat Hendrix with the Smith County Sheriff's Department says, "The two suspects were aggressive in their manner and did display hand guns and the bank employees did what they should have done." After getting the cash, the two men took off in a dark blue older model Dodge pick up truck. Hendrix says, "We saturated the area and about fifteen minutes later located that truck off County Road 1145." That's about a mile and a half from the credit union. Investigators say the dark blue pick up truck was the getaway vehicle. "The truck appears to be stolen the ignition was broken and the window. We have not confirmed but it is great possibility," says Hendrix.

Officials with the Smith County Sheriff's Department found the truck still running with the money inside. However, the money was covered with red dye. "It looks like once the suspects opened the money bags, the dye was activated," says Hendrix. The dye packs exploded, they are used as a security measure to find stolen bills and bank robbers. After combing the area investigators believe the suspect changed their clothing and then had a second vehicle here to make their getaway. Investigators say simply washing your hands won't get the dye off, leaving the robbers caught red- handed, literally.

Shortly after the robbery, Dixie E elementary was on lock down as a precaution. The FBI believes the credit union robbery is connected to four other bank robberies within the last year. Three of those were in Tyler and the other in Henderson. In each case, the robbers used a stolen vehicle and switched cars after the robbery.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.


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