LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – A man who authorities believe robbed several banks in Southwest Louisiana may have struck again in Oklahoma over the weekend.
In fact according to KPLC's NBC sister station KTEN, the man fits the description of a suspect who robbed two other Oklahoma banks prior to this latest robbery on Saturday. That could mean the same man is responsible for at least six bank robberies and one attempted bank robbery in Louisiana and Oklahoma.
The first robbery came back in April at a Jeff Davis Bank in Jennings. A white male suspected walked into the bank, demanded money and fled on foot.
At first, it looked like an isolated event.
Then on April 26th, authorities believe the same suspect struck again, this time in Sulphur at a Whitney National Bank. This time, authorities in Sulphur released surveillance photos of the suspect, which KPLC posted online.
More than a month passed and still no leads.
Then on July 8th, after a man attempted to rob a bank in Crowley before being successful at another bank in Rayne, a break finally came for investigators.
A Lafayette television station posted a story with surveillance photos from the Crowley and Rayne incidents to its Facebook page. One of the readers immediately recognized the man from a story they had read on KPLCTV.com about the Sulphur bank robbery in April.
After learning about the comparison, authorities in Crowley and Rayne contacted authorities in Sulphur and Jennings.
Now, law enforcement in all four cities are sure they are dealing with the same suspect.
On Monday, authorities in Sulphur and Crowley confirmed to 7 News that they are also working and sharing information with authorities in Oklahoma as well as the FBI.