Police are on the lookout for the man who robbed a Plainview bank Thursday morning. The suspect held up Hale County State Bank just after 9 a.m.
Employees at Hale County State Bank West alerted authorities that a man held them up around 9:20 a.m. Thursday. The suspect walked up to a teller and demanded cash. He claimed to have a gun.
"No one ever saw a weapon, but he indicated he had one, therefore they weren't going to take any chances," Plainview Police Captain Michael Carroll said.
No other customers were inside the bank at the time.
"There were two or three tellers, but they were doing other things and it looked like a normal business transaction; they weren't watching that close," Carroll said.
Captain Carroll tell NewsChannel 11 that witnesses outside the bank saw the suspect run out on foot and head southeast. Police brought in dogs to track the suspect, but they lost the scent a few blocks away, where Carroll believes the suspect most likely got into a car.
"Bank robberies are unusual around here. The last one was in 2006, and I just don't know if it was a local person or just someone traveling through town on the interstate," Carroll said.
That's why authorities need your help.
"I've got a feeling somebody out there knows who his is; if they see him, they'll tell us," Carroll said.
The suspect in this case is described as a black man in his early to mid-20's. He stands about 5'10" tall and weighs around 170 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with blue jeans, white shoes, and a two toned ball cap.
If you know who this person is you can call the Plainview Police Department at (806) 296-1182. You may also call Crime Stoppers at (806) 293-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous, and a reward is being offered in this case.
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