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To catch a robber

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by John Wilmer

CEDAR FALLS(KWWL) -- In just the past three months six banks have been robbed, five in Cedar Falls and one in Waterloo. Police have not made an arrest in any of those robberies.

The picture from the surveillance video taken from yesterday's robbery has gotten a lot of attention. The Cedar Falls Police Department has received a number of calls regarding the person in the picture and they are now following up on all of those leads.

"If we don't have that, all we have is descriptions and sometimes people's descriptions aren't the same for a person.  So with the video or the still shots that we have, we know for sure what that person looks like," Captain Mike Hayes said.

The Veridian Credit Union had its branch on Lafayette Street in Waterloo robbed on New Year's Eve. The video from that robbery is some of the most detailed footage the police have received.

"Security is always a main priority for us and something we take very seriously.  Our employees are trained often on our security procedures," Renee Christoffer of the Veridian Credit Union said.

A number of financial institutions in the Cedar Valley including the Veridian Credit Union are also using a simple sign.  The signs ask all customers to remove their sunglasses, hat, and hood before entering the bank. 

Until an arrest is made police will continue to follow-up on their leads.

"We will continue looking at calls and doing checks through arrest histories and things like that. Any information we will get we will do a follow-up on," Hayes said.

"We've been working very closely with the waterloo and cedar falls police departments. Any information that we can share with them or they can share with us... we've been working as a team," Christoffer said.

The quality of the surveillance video depends on the quality of equipment. Cost for surveillance equipment can rage from a couple hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.                   

Banks in the Cedar Valley are looking to increase the reward for any information that leads to the arrest of these bank robbers. Right now the reward stands at $5000, with $2500 from local banks and the other $2500 from the FBI. 

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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