LPD gives Crimeline reward for tips that caught Hensley - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

LPD gives Crimeline reward for tips that caught Hensley

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Lubbock Police Department said at a Thursday afternoon news conference that financial rewards will be given to the people whose Crimeline tips led to the capture of 42-year-old Jeffrey B. Hensley. However, they did not disclose the exact dollar amount.

"(Police) followed a Crimeline tip they received, found it to be credible and were able to secure a federal search warrant because of that tip they received and followed up on it," said Sgt. Jason Lewis of the Lubbock Police Department.

Police say Hensley is responsible for three for robberies in Lubbock: the first on September 14th, 2012 at the First United Bank on 98th and Indiana, the second on December 18th at the Plains Capital Bank inside the South Plains Mall and the third at the Alliance Federal Credit Union at 6601 Indiana Ave. on February 13th.

"There were several similarities in these robberies that led us to believe it may be the same suspect," said Sgt. Lewis "The SWAT team along with FBI executed a search warrant on April 22nd around noon."

They conducted the search after confirmation that the Crimeline tips were credible and found evidence that Hensley was the robber.

"There were several items of evidence that were picked up in his vehicle and in his home and along with him whenever he was arrested," Lewis said, but he wasn't at liberty to reveal the items of evidence.

Lewis said that many crimes are solved because citizens calling in with tips. For example, "They have a relative that maybe is unhappy with what they've seen or a neighbor or a co-worker or ex-spouse. It's very important that when these people call we follow up and that gives us a starting point."

Hensley was arraigned in a federal court in Amarillo Thursday and not in Lubbock because the Lubbock federal judge banked at one of the three locations that was robbed.

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