NEW BRAUNFELS — Police said a man dressed in drag that is suspected of robbing several financial institutions across the state in recent weeks held up a bank Thursday morning in New Braunfels.
The wig-wearing robber used a gun to steal money Thursday from the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 877 Loop 337 and last month from the Security Service Federal Credit Union, 1692 W. Texas Hwy. 46, said Capt. John McDonald of the New Braunfels Police Department.
“Nobody was hurt,” he said. “It’s the same person as from Security Service.”
Witnesses reported that at about 11 a.m. Thursday the man entered the bank wearing dark-colored women’s clothing, a wig and sunglasses and carrying a handgun, McDonald said. He said the robber quickly fled the bank on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of money.
McDonald said witnesses reported seeing no get-away car in the area.
Nearly an hour after the robbery, about half dozen police vehicles sat in the bank’s parking lot and around the building. Police had strung yellow crime-scene tape around the structure and across the parking lot driveways barring entrance to the property.
Officers on duty sat outside keeping away customers and looky-loos.
A woman at the bank reached by phone a few hours later refused to give any details about what happened.
“We actually don’t have any comment and we can’t disclose any information,” the woman said.
On Nov. 30, the male used a handgun to rob the Security Service Federal Credit Union.
Witnesses then and there reported the man, standing about 5-feet-7-inches or 5-feet-8-inches tall, dressed in dark women’s clothing including a long black trench coat and wearing a wig and sunglasses, entered the bank and showed a handgun. The man, who appeared to be between 30 and 40 years old, carried an over-the-shoulder bag and demanded money.
After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the man ran to the back of the business and got away, McDonald said at the time.
Police released video surveillance still photos from each of the New Braunfels robberies. Along with the images, New Braunfels police issued an intelligence bulletin describing the suspect as standing between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall.
The bulletin says law enforcement officials believe the man is responsible for a string of armed robberies across the state in recent months. Police said Sept. 28 he hit a Wells Fargo in Hillsboro, another Wells Fargo on Oct. 29 in Denton, then the New Braunfels robberies Nov. 30 and Thursday.
New Braunfels police continue to investigate and ask that anyone with information on the alleged robber’s identity contact Det. David Schroeder at (830) 221-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police ask that anyone with information about either robbery, but who wishes to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers of Comal County. Anonymous tips can be called in at (830) 620-TIPS (8477) or (800) 640-8422, sent via text message by texting the word “Comal” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or submitted online at comalcrimestoppers.org.