GUNMEN ROB BANK INSIDE OF GALLERY FURNITURE STORE!

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The FBI Violent Crime Task Force needs the public’s help to identify and locate four men who robbed tellers at a bank inside a Houston Gallery Furniture store at gunpoint Thursday night.  The FBI is releasing bank surveillance photos of the suspects.  There is a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to their arrest.         

At 7:10 p.m., four men in a white Ford F-250 stolen pick-up truck pulled up to the Gallery furniture store located at 6006 North Freeway in Houston, Texas.  Three men got out of the truck and walked up to the store.  The first suspect held open the Gallery door and stood watch outside the store, while two armed men entered the furniture store and then entered the Woodforest Bank located inside the store.  One of the men remained in the lobby of the bank with his gun drawn and verbally ordered tellers to open their cash drawers, while the second suspect jumped the counter and grabbed cash from several teller drawers. The man stuffed the cash inside a turquoise and brown drawstring bag he was carrying.  All three men exited the bank in the same white Ford F-250 driven by a getaway driver.  The vehicle had Louisiana plates, but was reported stolen out of Northeast Houston the day before the robbery.  The stolen vehicle was abandoned a short distance away from the Gallery furniture store and recovered by law enforcement officers shortly after the robbery.  The robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.  No one was physically hurt during the robbery.

The driver of the Ford F-250 truck was described as a short, Hispanic male with curly hair.  The three men who exited the vehicle were described as black males.  The first suspect who held the door open and remained outside the Gallery store wore a gray hooded shirt with black horizontal stripes, khaki pants and yellow rubber or latex gloves.  The second suspect who remained in the lobby of the bank giving verbal orders was approximately 5’8” to 5’9” tall, 180 – 190 pounds with a small to medium build.  According to witnesses, he sounded young and wore a dark beanie hat, yellow rubber or latex gloves and a black hooded sweatshirt with the lettering “And1” in gray or silver on the front of the shirt.  He was armed with a black pistol he held in his right hand.  The third suspect who jumped the teller counters and grabbed the cash was described as a shorter man weighing about 170 – 180 pounds with a slim build.  According to witnesses, he was more respectful and quiet and replied “It’s O.K. Ma’am,” when a victim teller was unable to open one of the drawers.  He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt with purple horizontal stripes, black pants, black and white sneakers, gray gloves and orange boxers or shorts underneath his pants.  This suspect carried a turquoise and brown drawstring bag during the robbery.

Investigators are also looking for the driver of a black Dodge Challenger that was behind the Ford F-250 stolen truck as it drove through the parking lot and pulled up to the front of the Gallery furniture store.  The driver of the Challenger may be an important witness in the case.

Crime Stoppers of Houston  is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of the bank robbers.  If you have information about this case, please call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477), or the FBI Houston Field Office at (713) 693-5000. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visit www.crime-stoppers.org.  All tipsters remain anonymous.