Woman accused of robbing banks with toy gun

April 13, 2009 5:41:28 PM PDT
Houston was hit by four bank robberies in one day. But officials with the FBI say they've already solved two of them with just one arrest.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Those happened on West Bellfort in southwest Houston, across the street from each other. Authorities blame half of the bank robberies today on one woman -- Sue Luckey Walker. Police say she tried to pull off two heists just five minutes apart. But in the end her luck ran out.

A failed attempt at some quick cash is how authorities say the day ended for Walker. FBI investigators say she robbed two banks just a parking lot apart in the middle of the morning.

Officer Thurman Canton with the Houston Police Department said, "They said that she just walked into the bank, gave the teller a note. The note said put the money in the bag. They saw something sticking out of her pocket which they believed was a weapon -- a gun -- and they complied by putting the money in the bag. She walked out of the bank."

Just five minutes after the robbery at the Wells Fargo in the Randall's at 4800 West Bellfort, FBI investigators say a similar scene played out across the street at the Wachovia Bank.

"She didn't threaten anyone with the gun, but they saw something sticking out her pocket believed to be a gun," Officer Canton explained.

Officers responded quickly and soon spotted Walker's vehicle.

"About five or ten minutes later, another officer, who was on Stella Link, spotted the vehicle southbound on Stella Link," Officer Canton told Eyewitness News. "He verified the plates which someone had given earlier, and we pursued."

Officers stopped and arrested the 60-year-old just a few blocks from the scene. It turned out that the gun witnesses spotted was just a toy.

There are two other unsolved robberies -- one happened this morning at Bank of America on Edgebrook and another took place at the Wells Fargo off Almeda Genoa this afternoon. Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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