Man accused of robbing bank inside Walmart

Eugene Smith charged in robbery of Woodforest Bank

Published On: Jan 22 2013 11:26:02 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 11:36:29 AM CST
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HOUSTON -

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the robbery of a bank inside an east Houston Walmart store.

Eugene Smith, 55, has been charged with robbery by threat.

FBI officials said Smith held up the Woodforest Bank inside the Walmart in the 13700 block of the East Freeway near Freeport on Monday afternoon.

Detectives said Smith wore a fake beard and handed tellers a threatening note demanding cash.

Smith left the store in a green minivan, officials said. He used that vehicle to lead Houston police on a short chase that ended in a crash on Mykawa near Dixie in southeast Houston, investigators said.

Cash stolen from the bank was found in the minivan, detectives said.

Investigators said they were working to determine if Smith was involved in any other bank robberies. The FBI said Smith's mug shot would not be released because of that investigation.

Smith's criminal history includes several robbery charges.