First Security Bank robbed; image and description of suspect released
Benton police are searching for another bank robber dressed in camouflage that escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash from First Security Bank in Benton.
Lt. Kevin Russell said officers responded to the bank located at 1403 Military Road, just past noon on Thursday. The suspected bank robber is described as a 6 foot tall man dressed in a camouflage T-shirt, blue jeans, brown work boots, camouflage hat, black ski mask, dark colored sunglasses, black gloves, and a tan ‘courier style’ satchel.
Russell said the suspect "did display a pistol during the robbery," but added that no persons were physically hurt during the robbery. The suspect then ran from the bank towards the Hasting's Parking Lot, located at 1421 Military Road. Witnesses said the man jumped into a 4-door almond or off white colored Hyundai car and drove down Military Road towards Old Congo Road.
Russell said detectives are currently working leads on this case, and asked that anyone with information about the case to call the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or leave a tip at 315-TIPS (8477). Individuals also may send an anonymous crime tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.
This is the second bank robbery in Benton for 2012. on July 18, a white man, about 5 feet 6 inches or 5 feet 7 inches tall, small build and was last seen wearing a full length “woodland style” camouflage jacket, digi-cam style pants "the style currently issued to the U.S. military," leather gloves, a black cowboy hat, and sunglasses — walked into the Metropolitan National Bank in Benton, directly across the street from First Security Bank. The bank robber then displayed a pistol and within minutes fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
Russell said that the Camo Cowboy was last seen immediately after robbing the bank, on foot running towards the parking lot of Sutherland's Lumber, located at 1209 Military Road.
Officers are also still on the hunt for a man that twice robbed Summit Bank located at 1114 Arkansas 35 North in Benton. That suspect has been described as a white man, between 30 and 40 years of age, between 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, with light brown hair.
For the June 30, 2011 robbery of Summit Bank, the suspect was last seen wearing a black "derby-style" hat, green button-up shirt, black sports jacket, metal-framed eyeglasses, light-colored blue jeans and black shoes. Russell said that "it is the same guy that hit the bank the first time" when he was wearing a dark colored, hooded zip-up style jacket, dark blue jeans, black flat-soled shoes and a green shirt under the jacket.
During the June 30, 2011 robbery of Summit Bank, the suspect "did display a pistol during the robbery and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money."
He said the man left in a 1990s model Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck that is maroon in color with a large white stripe down the side "going front to back" but fled in an unknown direction.
On Jan. 16, 2009, the same man entered the Summit Bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. Russell said the note indicated he was armed, but did not actually displayed a weapon.
Anyone with information about any of these bank robberies is encouraged to call the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or leave a tip at 315-TIPS (8477). Individuals also may send an anonymous crime tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.