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LPD releases photos of suspects in Prosperity Bank robbery

Published: Mar. 16, 2016 at 2:16 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2016 at 1:05 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A North Lubbock bank was robbed on Wednesday morning.

Lubbock police searching for three men who stole cash from Prosperity Bank on University Avenue and 1st Place.

Authorities tell us no customers were inside, but three bank employees were working when three armed men entered the bank at 9:40 a.m.

LPD Lt. Ray Mendoza says, "They held two of them in the main office while they escorted one to the back, where they retrieved lots of money."

He tells us the only description they have at this time is three black men wearing black hoodies and ski masks. He says they were all armed with handguns and got away in a blue Volvo. The vehicle was located abandoned a short time later in the 100 block of Akron Ave.

"They were all three armed with weapons. We're still trying to watch the surveillance videos to see what kind of weapons they were," Mendoza explains.

He says that this same location was robbed a few years ago, back when it was known as American State Bank

A business owner across the street says he remembers that robbery, too.

But Rudy Torrez, owner of Super Tech Car Clinic, says he doesn't recall seeing anything then, or today.

"I do have a customer that came in that was trying to get some money for personal, and she came in and she said, I can't get into the bank, they won't let me in and said there's all kinds of cops over there," Torrez recalls. "So, that's when- of course, everybody starts glancing over there trying to figure out what's going on."

Torrez says he goes to this bank on a regular basis and he's shocked.

"I'm just glad nobody got hurt, that's the main thing," he says. "Money can be replaced."

Prosperity Bank released a statement on Wednesday, saying, "This situation could have had a very different outcome but thankfully our well-trained associates were able to handle the situation correctly."

They also expressed appreciation for the Lubbock Police Department's quick response.

If you have any information about this robbery, you are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000, and remember, you don't have to give your name.

We will continue to follow the latest developments and bring those to you as they become available.

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