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FBI Believes Five Robberies May Be Connected

Surveillance video from The Kelly Tyler Federal Credit Union shows two men entering the bank building with guns drawn. They forced a customer over to the teller window then vault the counter to get their hands on the cash.

Peter Galbraith is the supervising agent for the Tyler FBI.

He said, "We believe that the individuals that committed the bank robbery yesterday, December 5th, are the same individuals that are connected with three, possibly four, other bank robberies in the area."

In the last twelve months, five East Texas banks have been hit by a pair of robbers. In each case, the culprits were covered from head to toe. Additional similarities have the FBI linking them together.

"They vault the counters. They display the weapons. They steal vehicles to make their approach and getaway from the bank. Then they switch vehicles and they vanish," Galbraith said.

When they hit The East Texas Professional Credit Union last March, they got away in this stolen white TISD truck. Yesterday, their getaway car was this older model blue Dodge pick-up. Inside, there was money the robbers left behind after a dye-pack exploded.

The FBI thinks this may help them finally track down the suspects.

"These individuals most likely, at least for the short term, have a red dye on their clothing, their skin and their hair in certain spots," Galbraith said.

They hope someone will spot the red-stained robbers before they hit their sixth target.


Lindsay Wilcox, reporting.  lwilcox@kltv.com


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