Two serial bank robbers on the loose

October 17, 2008 9:40:59 PM PDT
We have the very latest on two serial bank robbers are on the loose. The FBI says they've each hit several banks around Houston over the last few days. In all there are 9 unsolved bank robberies tied to two different men. Investigators say they have differing approaches that get the same result -- cash.

"Tells the teller that he wants 20s, 50s and 100s and it's no joke. He does threaten violence if they don't," said Brian Ritchie with the FBI.

Carrying a note and making a simple but direct demand, FBI investigators and police say one man has pulled off five successful bank robberies in only a week.

"He's concentrated down in the Montrose, Southwest Freeway area," said Ritchie.

He's hit stand alone banks, including a Comerica near Buffallo Speedway Friday.

That's opposite from another man who investigators say hits banks inside grocery stores. Instead of using a note, he carries a gun and make sure everyone in the bank knows a robbery is in progress.

"Extremely violent in nature, waving the pistol around at the tellers and customers, ordering people to get down," said Ritchie.

FBI agents believe he's pulled of 4 recent robberies. Regardless to the approach, investigators believe until both men are stopped, the robberies will continue.

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