Bank robber on the loose

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

CROWLEY, LA (KPLC) - Crowley Police said on Thursday morning a man walked into First National Bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. But, things did not go as planned.

"The teller was deciding how to handle the situation. The subject got nervous and left the building," said Chief K.P. Gibson, Crowley Police.

But it was not long before the unknown suspect tried again, this time successfully.

"We believe, that the subject then entered a vehicle, and some 30 to 40 minutes later committed a robbery," said Chief Gibson.

His next target, Rayne State Bank in Rayne. He used the same note demanding money, and this time it worked.

Not long after KATC News in Lafayette posted a surveillance picture on their Facebook page, one viewer posted a link from, about a story 7 News ran back in April, of a bank robbery at Whitney Bank in Sulphur. The pictures show the suspect wearing the same shirt, sunglasses, and the same hat.

"We have compared video with Rayne Police department, as well as the Sulphur incident, and we definitely believe we are dealing with the same suspect," said Chief Gibson.

All three agencies are working together to try and catch the suspect. The FBI has also been notified of the case.

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