Police investigating bank robbery at Kroger

June 22, 2011 12:53:33 PM PDT
Houston police are investigating a bank robbery inside the Kroger near West University Place. The robbery happened at the First Convenience Bank inside the grocery store off Westpark near Buffalo Speedway. The FBI says three masked men, at least one armed with a long gun and another with a handgun, jumped the counter and robbed the tellers of an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects are still at large.

A Kroger employee told us the suspects had panty hose over their heads and says they were in and out of the store in about 10 seconds.

We're told police spotted the getaway vehicle, a Chrysler Pacifica van, in a parking garage on Bissonnet near the store. The FBI says the vehicle was stolen.

There are no reports of injuries. There were no shots fired as was previously reported by some other media, says the FBI.

A Kroger spokesperson released a statement which read in part, "Our staff is working with the Houston Police Department regarding the investigation. We take the safety of our customers and associates very seriously and regret this incident occurred."

The Kroger is still open for business.

This is the third robbery of a First Convenience Bank inside a Kroger this month. There was a robbery in southwest Houston on S. Voss on June 6; another bank robbery in the Meyerland area on June 17; and today's robbery.

The FBI says they are looking into whether the robbery today may be linked to the Meyerland robbery last week.

We'll have more details as they become available.


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