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Gunman Robs Citizens National Bank

As folks were going to work early Tuesday morning, Aug. 1, they reported seeing the Crockett Police Department out in full force along Southeast Loop 304. An armed robber struck Citizens National Bank as employees began to open. By lunchtime Tuesday, Aug. 1, it was business as usual at the bank while the Crockett Police Department continued its investigation off site. Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call the CPD at 936-544-2021 or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS. (Photo by Alton Porter/HCCourier)As folks were going to work early Tuesday morning, Aug. 1, they reported seeing the Crockett Police Department out in full force along Southeast Loop 304. An armed robber struck Citizens National Bank as employees began to open. By lunchtime Tuesday, Aug. 1, it was business as usual at the bank while the Crockett Police Department continued its investigation off site. Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call the CPD at 936-544-2021 or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS. (Photo by Alton Porter/HCCourier)

By Alton Porter
Courier Reporter
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An armed and masked man held up employees at Citizens National Bank in Crockett Tuesday morning, Aug. 1, fleeing from the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

According to Chief David Cross of the Crockett Police Department, the armed robbery occurred around 7:20 a.m.

"A male came to the rear of the bank and caught the employees coming in the back door to open up," Cross said. "When they got inside, he brandished what appeared to be a handgun, ordered them to a vault and took an undisclosed amount of cash."

Cross added, "(The suspect) fled out the rear of the bank in the field."

When police arrived at the scene, "We set up a perimeter and used our tracking dogs to track to a location where we feel like he got into a vehicle and left," the chief explained.

"He was wearing all black and had a mask on. So, we don't know right now the race of the individual," Cross said. "We're currently working a lead on a suspect and we're attempting to try to locate him at this time."

Cross said the suspect is a "short male, skinny, possibly five-foot-four or five-foot-five. He demanded that the clerks go take cash out, they did and gave it to him. Luckily, we are glad nobody was hurt.
"We're going to do everything we can to catch the person responsible for robbing this bank. We have multiple officers out right now following up on leads.

"If anybody does have information (about him and/or the incident), we'd appreciate a phone call to Crime Stoppers (936-639-TIPS) or the Crockett Police Department (936-544-2021)."
Burl Hobson Jr., president and chief executive officer of the bank, noted that police are actively investigating the robbery and kept his comments brief.

"Basically, someone entered the bank and robbed the bank of some sum of money," Hobson said. "That's all I can say because the investigation is so active that releasing too much information could hinder (the inquiry) and could be an obstruction of justice.

"But, we were robbed for some money, and everybody is fine. (The suspect) followed (employees) into the bank and did leave with some money. No one was touched. No one was harmed."
CPD continues to investigate this crime. No other information was available when the Courier went to press Tuesday afternoon.