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Credit Union Robbery Unnerves Palmview Residents

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Posted: Dec 24, 2012 6:00 PM

Updated: Dec 24, 2012 6:31 PM

PALMVIEW - A Christmas Eve robbery at a Palmview credit union unnerved nearby residents.

Police searched the area south of Bentsen Palm Drive by land and air as residents kept and eye on the action.

The robbery happened at approximately 9 a.m. Monday at the La Joya Area Federal Credit Union. Police said a man clad in a black shirt, blue jeans and black cap walked in and handed a teller a note demanding money. The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"I was actually sitting on the porch and I heard the helicopters above going back and forth. ... They were pretty low and then they were narrowing into this area," Hanna Beck said.

Beck said she could see the flashing lights and hear the sirens on her street.

"I am concerned that if the person is still at large that he might be coming around ... snooping around the neighborhood," Beck said.

Palmview Police Chief Chris Barrera said someone may have helped the suspect escape.

"We believe he was picked up. ... South of Bensten Palm Drive he tossed the shirt and the cap on the side of the road," Barrera said.

La Joya Area Federal Credit Union President Issac Sulemana said his staff had just undergone training on robberies.

"It just instructs the employees ... how to handle the aftereffects of a robbery. (The training teaches) how to properly close down the branch, how to properly provide law enforcement with the proper identification of the suspect," Sulemana said.

Sulemana said he is glad all his employees were able to go home after the incident.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Palmview Police at 956-432-0340.

Topics: robbery, la joya area federal credit union, chris barrera, palmview

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