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Twin Falls Police continue to investigate string of local bank robberies

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By Rachael Giffoni

According to the FBI crime statistics, for the third quarter of 2010, from July 1st to September 30th, over 1,300 bank robberies took place.

Investigations led to the identification of 40% of those involved in the crimes.

Thursday, First Federal bank on Falls Ave and Washington Street was robbed at gunpoint. Police are now asking for help in their investigation from the public.

It's a situation that looks all too familiar, from the sweatshirt, right down to the timing. Thursday, about 12:40 in the afternoon, a man walked into the Twin Falls First Federal, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, using a handgun.

Staff Sergeant Dan Lewin, with the Twin Falls Police Department said, "The robber is in the bank for less than a minute."

For police, it's almost like seeing double. On December 16th, a man walked into a Twin Falls U.S. Bank, around 1:40pm, and also robbed it using a handgun.

The suspect is described as over six feet tall, thin, and either Hispanic or white.

Twin Falls Police say, after a bank robbery, usually one of two things happen. Either the suspect is caught at the scene, or caught later, with the help of friends and family.

Lewin said, "Historically, bank robbers are identified as friends, co-workers, even a family member. All of a sudden - their lifestyle changes. You might have someone out of work..meeting their financial obligations, living outside their means.”

As police continue to investigate both situations, they also hope a large reward is an incentive to get someone talking.

Lewin says U.S. Bank and First Federal are offering a combined sum of $21,000, to whoever brings information forward that leads to an arrest and conviction.


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