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Dec 20, 2013 1:33 PM

Surveillance Video of American Bank Robbery

CORPUS CHRISTI - This morning as many people were either at or heading to work, a man headed into The American Bank on Alameda to get some quick cash. The clerk said this man was Hispanic. He stood roughly five feet, ten inches tall, had a thin build with a thin mustache.

Wearing a dark coat, grey pants and a camouflage mask, he walked up to the counter with a shoe box and told the woman to fill it up. Surveillance footage shows the moment he entered the bank. A woman standing to the side appears to notice something isn't right the second he enters the door. She then hesitates, almost as if she doesn't know whether to run or stay for her co-worker.

"The clerk is understandably shaken up but she's OK," said Lieutenant Chris White with the Corpus Christi Police, "We talked to her. She's all right now but she was shaken up at the time."

Shaken up probably because the man said he had a gun, but he never showed one.

"He wasn't aggressive or anything like that," White said, "He just walked straight up to the clerk and demanded money."

The guy had the clerk stuff some bills into the shoe box before heading out the door.
From another business down the street, surveillance footage shows the moment police cruisers get to the bank, but the camera is too far away to see anything else clearly.

Police are hoping someone will recognize the man in the video and turn him in. Lieutenant Chris White says this time of year they see a spike in robberies.

"That's always been a trend leading up to the holidays and then they trail off after," White said. "it actually has been very slow this year compared to other years so we've been lucky so far."

Regardless, the guy seen in the video is still on the loose. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or submit a tip online at www.888tips.com.

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