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Timeline: Rash of bank robberies hits East Texas

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - East Texas financial institutions may be feeling overwhelmed by the unusual number of bank robberies that have occurred recently.

The first in what is now a string of East Texas bank robberies happened early Monday morning at a Capital One branch in Tyler, near the intersection of Copeland and Loop 323. Police say that a white male wearing a suit and tie approached two employees who were emptying the overnight deposit satchel. The man, who had a black nylon stocking on his head, told the women to drop the satchel. He took the money and fled the scene in a dark Mercedes sedan. It's not clear if the man was armed.

Later on Monday, East Texas saw another bank robbery, in another county, at about 4 p.m. The Austin Bank branch in the Bar-K on Highway 259 in Gregg County was hit, but the circumstances were very different. This time, two people armed with a shotgun entered and yelled "Give me the money!"

Police say a third suspect was outside in a getaway car. The crime took just 13 seconds, surveillance tape shows. Suspects Hannah Ponce, Broderick Pippins and Christian Ponce have been arrested.

The robberies continued on Tuesday, this time back in Tyler. The Austin Bank branch in the 1200 block of West Loop 323 was the target. Three black males entered with guns and left in a gold Mercury Marquis. That car was found later in the 900 block of Britton Street. Police believe the suspects abandoned it, and were last believed to be driving a red Dodge Stratus, and a dark gray Altima.

Then on Wednesday, just after 3 p.m., the East Texas Professional Credit Union at 3801 Gilmer Road was the site of another robbery.  A white male in jeans, a polo shirt, cap and hunting mask pulled a gun and demanded money. He left the scene in a tan SUV.

The FBI tells KLTV that the robberies are likely not connected, and that is made believable by how different each of them have been.

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