Man wearing traffic vest demands cash in Houston bank robbery

HOUSTON – The FBI Violent Crime Task Force is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who wore a traffic vest while robbing a Houston bank.

The man entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 10005 Beechnut St. around 4:05 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities said the man waited in line for about twenty minutes before he approached the counter and handed a teller a threatening note demanding cash.

The man claimed in the note that he had a weapon, but no weapon was observed by witnesses, authorities said. In fear, the teller gave him some cash and he left the bank.

Investigators believe the man may have been dropped off and picked up in front of the bank in a yellow cab. Authorities said no one was physically hurt during the robbery.

The bank robber was described by authorities as a black man in his late 30s to 40s who is 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a stocky build and a full beard. Authorities said he wore a bright yellow reflective traffic vest, camouflage pants, a camouflage bucket hat with a floppy brim and sunglasses.

Investigators believe the same man is suspected of robbing the Wells Fargo Bank at 2464 South Kirkwood Dr. around 3 p.m. Friday.

Authorities said the man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Witnesses told authorities the man wore the same reflective traffic vest and is also believed to have been dropped off and picked up in a yellow cab. No one was physically hurt in this robbery.

Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the bank robber. Anyone who has any information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the FBI Houston Field Office at 713-693-5000. Tipsters can text TIP610 plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) or visit www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Crime Stoppers of Houston app. Authorities said all tipsters remain anonymous.

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