Hunt On For Tulsa Bank Robber

Tuesday, May 26th 2009, 11:07 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Tulsa Police are investigating the city's latest bank robbery. Shortly after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, police say the Arvest Bank branch at 9701 East 31st Street was robbed by a lone gunman.

The bank was full of customers at the time, but most of them had no idea the bank was robbed until it was over.

Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker says the man was wearing mirrored sunglasses with a blue bandana over his head, walked up to the counter, pointed a gun and handed a trash bag to the teller and told her to put money in it and pass it to the next two tellers.

They did and the man ran away.

Bank customers told the News On 6, they didn't realize there was a problem until the tellers ran to lock the doors and said they'd been robbed.

Detectives are now looking for the robber.

"He does seem familiar with the bank and banking industry, so it doesn't seem to be his first time. I'd supsect we know him from somewhere or he's done this before somewhere else," said Sgt. Dave Walker, Tulsa Police Robbery Unit.

This is Tulsa's 15th robbery of a financial institution so far this year.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 30 and 40-years-old, about 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighing between 130 and 140 pounds.

The suspect was wearing a dark blue, long sleeved shirt with stripping on the sleeves, a blue bandanna on his head, mirrored sunglasses and blue jeans. The suspect has a mustache and was armed with a dark colored handgun.

Detectives believe the suspect had a vehicle parked at the neighborhood swimming pool located near the 2600 block of South 95th East Aveune.

Anyone who saw a strange car parked near the pool at about 9:00 Tuesday morning or with any other information about this case, should call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS or text the tip and the numbers 918 to CRIMES.

All tips are anonymous.