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Warren Community Bank robbed at gunpoint
Tyler County Booster - March 2009
Successful bank robberies are rare in Tyler County. In fact, Tyler County Chief Deputy Clint Sturrock said that in his 18 years with the department, he has never worked one. That streak ended Monday when two men walked into Community Bank in Warren with guns and left with money from the cash drawers. Sturrock said that at approximately 10 a.m. Monday two black males, both displaying handguns, entered the bank. They were wearing dark clothing and hoods. They demanded that the two employees working at the time give them the money in the cash drawers, then ordered the employees to the back of the bank before fleeing. According to Sturrock, the two were in a vehicle, later found abandoned in Warren, that was stolen from the Houston area. He said that a countywide search for the men was still going on, but if the men were not local, they probably were no longer in the area. Sturrock said that he didn’t think the robbery was one of opportunity, but that the men appeared to have knowledge of the bank, where the employees would be, etc., and suggested it was likely planned. A local connection is possible. The FBI, Texas Rangers, Sheriff’s department and other agencies were all involved in the search for the men. Video surveillance at the bank was excellent, Sturrock said, and enabled them to get good video of both the men and the car they were driving. Sturrock adds that the Sherrif’s office is interested in any leads from the community, or if any bank has any questions on the details of the crime. “We want to help in any way we can,” he said. “If anyone sees any suspious activity in the banks, please call us and let us know.” Strurrock also said he wanted to commend the courage and the professionalism of the two employees at the bank at the time of the robbery. Their observations have been valuable as law enforcement has worked to solve the crime.