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3 people sought in bank robberies around Houston area

Investigators believe man, 2 women may be linked to 7 bank robberies

HOUSTON – A man and two women are believed to be responsible for at least seven bank robberies in the Houston area, all targeting Chase bank branches in the North Houston area within the past month, the FBI Houston Office said.

While the robbers do not always enter the banks together, officials said they have paired up to commit some of the robberies.

Two robberies happened Friday. Authorities said the first robbery happened around 10:30 a.m. at the Chase bank at 4081 FM 1960 West in Houston.

A woman entered the bank and approached a teller to ask about opening an account and at the same time, the male robber approached a different teller, officials said.

The male robber handed the teller a threatening note, which demanded cash. Officials said when the teller refused to comply with the bank robber's demand, the man and woman left the bank and were seen getting into the same vehicle, which was occupied by a driver.

Investigators believe the same man entered the Chase bank at 213 W. Greens Road in Houston at 11:23 a.m., officials said.

After handing a teller a bank robbery demand note, the man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. Officials said the two women were not seen during the second robbery.

No one was physically hurt in either of the robberies, authorities said.

The FBI Houston Office said investigators believe the trio is also connected to the following bank robberies in the Houston area:

-Jan. 4: 12350 FM 1960 West, Houston
-Jan. 4: 4081 FM 1960 West, Houston
-Dec. 16: 4165 FM 1960 West, Houston
-Dec. 13: 2133 Rayford Road, Spring, Texas
-Dec. 10: 4165 FM 1960 West, Houston

The male bank robber is described as a black man in his 20s with a medium build who is 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall. Officials said he wears a hat and reading glasses during the robberies.

One of the female robbers is described as a black woman in her early 20s with a thin build who is 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall. Officials said she wears different wigs and what appears to be the same reading glasses that are worn by the male robber.

The other female robber is described as a black woman in her 20s with a medium, curvy build who is 5 feet 2 inches tall. Officials said she has worn various long-hair styles, including braids, during the robberies.

Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering an up to $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the bank robbers, officials said. Tipsters with information can call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the FBI Houston FBI Field Office at 713-693-5000, text TIP610 plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), visit crime-stoppers.org or submit a tip through the Crime Stoppers of Houston app, which can be downloaded at the app store for both iPhone and Android devices. All tipsters remain anonymous.