IRVING (CBS 11) – Employees at a Bank of America in Irving are recovering, after their second robbery in just three days.
Police say two men ran inside early Saturday afternoon in a “takeover style” bank robbery. Officers say, the robbers had guns and ordered customers to the ground. They left with a bag of cash, but not before a witness caught their license plate number.
Police said, that piece of information allowed them to confirm they had spotted the same car leaving the scene. Officers chased it from Irving all the way to Oak Cliff, travelling up to 110 miles an hour, the driver eventually lost control and crashed into a telephone poll.
Officers say, at that point, the two were so disoriented from the impact of the air bags, they took off running leaving both their guns and the cash in the car.
Police say, one suspect then tried to carjack someone at a nearby business. Officer say he jumped into the man’s passenger seat and ordered him to drive. The victim reportedly said, ‘no’. Moments later, police tazed and arrested their suspect. His alleged accomplice was also caught nearby.
“It’s just pretty crazy,” said Avery Bush, a bank customer. What’s even crazier for those who live and work near the bank is that this the third day in a row Irving has had a bank robbery. Two of those three days, it’s been at the same bank.
Thursday, Dontaye Faggins, the owner of a nearby Henderson Chicken restaurant, spotted another unsuccessful robber running through the parking lot. “Crazy. Just trying to escape as fast as he can,” said Faggins.
Neighbors say, they feel like crime is on the rise, but they do feel confident in the work police are doing.
“You come rob anything over here, you’re gonna get caught,” said Faggins.
So far, this week, that’s been true.