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CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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Sketch of "Teddy Bear Bandit" by: Lois Gibson (Photo Credit: FBI Bank Robbery Task Force)

Sketch of “Teddy Bear Bandit” by: Lois Gibson (Photo Credit: FBI Bank Robbery Task Force)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force is seeking the public’s help in identifying a robber who wore a rather unusual hat during a bank robbery – a “teddy bear hat.”

Officials stated that the “Teddy Bear Bandit” is responsible for robbing the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank located located on FM 1960 West in Houston. The suspect robbed the bank on Tuesday. Sketch artist Lois rendered a drawing of the suspect based upon eyewitness accounts.

The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force adds additional details of the crime: “At about 6:34 a.m., the ‘Teddy Bear Bandit’ forced his way into the bank while tellers were preparing to open the bank to the public. No customers were inside the bank at the time of the robbery. Armed with a pistol, the ‘Teddy Bear Bandit’ physically assaulted one of the tellers with his gun. The teller sustained minor injuries from the assault. He also fired several gunshots into a wall of the bank. Fortunately, no one was hurt as a result of the gunfire. The “Teddy Bear Bandit” did get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.”

Authorities describe the “Teddy Bear Bandit” as a dark-skinned black male, 6’0” – 6’2,” in his twenties to early thirties, with a skinny build. “He wore a black long-sleeved jacket with an unknown design on the back and white stripes around the cuffs of the jacket”, added authorities. “He also wore a white tee-shirt underneath the jacket, jeans, and dark-colored shoes. The “teddy bear hat” was described as a light brown fur hat with furry ears and a tail.”

Anyone with information bout this suspect is being asked to call Crime Stoppers of Houston. Tipsters can earn up to $5,000 in cash for solid tips that lead to an arrest of this bank robbery suspect or any other suspect authorities are seeking.

“If you have information about this crime, please call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000,” added officials.

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