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‘Bank Bomb Bandit’ hits Weimar bank

April 07, 2021 - 00:00
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    Courtesy/Hill Bank and Trust and FBI-Houston
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A bank robber threatening Weimar’s Hill Bank and Trust employees with a bomb made off with an undisclosed amount of money in a Mar. 30 heist.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued the following statement: “On March 30, 2021, a man entered the Hill Bank and Trust in Weimar at approximately 1:22 p.m. He approached the counter, demanded money from the teller, and threatened to set off a bomb if the employee did not comply. The teller complied with the demand and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money.”

Charles Bitner, Chairman and CEO of Hill Bank, expressed relief when he said, “Everyone is fine.”

Bitner also said that the bank has never been robbed before and that not much else can be discussed since the FBI is leading the investigation.

According to sources, the suspect left the building but left the briefcase behind that allegedly contained the bomb.

Customers and employees were led out of the office through the back exit. All available law enforcement personnel were used to cordon off streets adjacent to the Hill Bank building. Houston Police Department and FBI deployed a bomb squad, but found no bomb in the briefcase.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force is asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate the suspect dubbed the “Bank Bomb Bandit.”

Witnesses described the suspect as a Black male in his late 30s to early 50s, approximately 5’6” to 6’ in height, medium build wearing a gray hoodie, black sweatpants, and a light gray hat with writing on the front, black shoes with white soles, and a black cloth COVID-19 facemask. He was last seen driving a light gray or silver-colored sedan.

Weimar Police Chief Todd Jacobs says, “The Weimar Police Department continues to work closely with the FBI, in solving last week’s bank robbery. We also want our local citizens to understand that although solving this case is a priority, it does not take away from the service that this department continues to provide to the citizens of Weimar. We continue to the best of our abilities and are committed to serving the community providing equal protection to all.”

Bank surveillance photos of the suspect and his car are posted on Twitter@FBIHouston.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification, charging, and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at www.crime-stoppers. org. or by calling Colorado County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-522-8477. Only tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.