Gregg County investigators have linked June 28’s hold-up in Liberty City to a similar bank robbery out of Hays County a week earlier.
According to sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Josh Tubb, the team here is “confident” the incidents are connected, and they're looking for any additional local surveillance that may show the armed suspect.
“It’s going to be based on similarities such as the build and stature, the manner of dress, the mask, the gloves, the bag that was used,” he said Thursday morning. “Obviously, we can’t say they’re the exact same bag because we don’t have them in front of us, but they’re all strikingly similar.”
From news reports out of Wimberley, Hays County deputies responded to a bank robbery there at 9:16 a.m. Thursday, June 20, after a man in a flesh-colored mask burst into the branch with a black handgun topped by a green stripe.
The ‘possibly white’ suspect was wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, a grayish baseball cap and carrying a black bag in his black-gloved hands. He reportedly fled the bank on foot through an adjacent field then may have left the scene in a black or dark-colored Jeep SUV.
Eight days later, Gregg County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a bank robbery call out of Liberty City at 9:11 a.m. June 28, a Friday. Deputies responded to First National Bank of Hughes Springs, the first unit arriving on scene at FM 1252 and Old Hwy. 135 about three minutes later.
That male suspect has been described as about 6 feet tall, possibly white, wearing jeans and what appeared to be a denim jacket over a dark-colored hoodie. The man was wearing a blue or black hat, black gloves and a mask, carrying a black backpack with a white stripe.
From surveillance photos, the Liberty City robber is brandishing a handgun – which has a green tint in the pixelated images
The suspect in the local incident also fled the bank branch on foot, reportedly heading north. Deputies established a perimeter and searched, with the assistance of K-9 unites, in a wooded area and a nearby mobile home park.
“All the information that we had and that we currently have is that he fled on foot. We don’t have any vehicle information at this time,” Tubb noted Thursday.
GCSO released a tranche of surveillance images this week showing the suspect approaching the bank, robbing it and fleeing.
“Our investigators went through them frame-by-frame to try to get the best image they could.”
Any other screen captures would be appreciated, Tubb said, if a homeowner or business nearby had an active camera.
“We’re asking if the community in that area, if they have their own personal security system, if they could go back and look to see if at that time – before or after – they may have caught an image on camera that may be helpful to investigators.”
Local investigators are coordinating with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in addition to working with Hays County authorities.
Anyone with surveillance images or other information on the Liberty City bank robbery can contact GCSO investigators at 903-236-8400.