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Cedar Falls Police keep working two bank robberies


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Still no arrests in two Cedar Falls bank robberies. Police aren't sure if the robberies were done by the same person. Captain Mike Hayes said there are noticeable similarities.

Thursday, November 6th, someone robbed Lincoln Savings Bank in Cedar falls. The suspect was wearing dark clothing with a hood pulled up over his head. He demanded money using a note and left on foot going west.

On Tuesday, November 18th, another robbery. This time at Community National Bank in Cedar Falls. Once again the lone robber had a hood pulled up, but the hood fell down during the robbery. He also used a note to ask for money and ran away heading west.

Police aren't sure if the robber is from the area.

"He is comfortable when he gets into the bank. So it's possible he lives in the area. It's also possible he parks a car and then drives off," said Captain Mike Hayes with the Cedar Falls Police Department.

Yet another similarity, during both robberies some Cedar Falls Police Officers were in training.

"We think it's just coincidence. It's nothing more than that. It doesn't mean less officers on the street," said Hayes.

Cedar Falls Police are on a 6-3 schedule. Meaning they work six days and are off for three. At least once a month, one of those three off days is used for squad training.

"Officers just happened to be here which helped us in some ways too because it helped us canvass the area because we pulled them out of training at that time," said Hayes.

The Cedar Falls Police Department is using surveillance video from both banks, plus video from stores in the area and city hall to hopefully notice the suspect either before or after the robberies.

Anyone with information should call Cedar Falls Police.

Captain Hayes said the police department isn't sure if these robberies are related to the economy, but FBI statistics show the number of bank robberies do go up during economic down turns.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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