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Four years later, bank robbery unsolved


March 29, 2017

CLOVIS — Tuesday marked the 4-year anniversary of a bank robbery in Clovis that remains unresolved. The FBI offers a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

The suspect wore a green hooded sweatshirt, mask, and gloves while robbing the New Mexico Bank and Trust location at 2200 North Main Street on March 28, 2013, around 11 a.m.

He is described as a slender, 5-foot-6 male in his 20s with a light complexion.

Anyone with more information on the incident is encouraged to contact the local FBI office in Albuquerque, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

A press release issued by Clovis Police at the time of the robbery said the suspect appeared unarmed and fled the scene eastbound on foot. Officers searched the nearby neighborhood and spoke to numerous residents but did not find him.

The case came under investigation by the department’s Special Operations Unit. Capt. Roman Romero of the Clovis Police said Tuesday that he could not provide more information on the investigation.

FBI Public Affairs Specialist Frank Fisher said his agency is working closely with Clovis.

“Whenever we have bank robberies we always work very closely with locals,” he said. “Bank robbery by its nature is a federal offense, but it's very rare we do it all by ourselves.”

Fisher did not reveal how much was stolen from the bank. He said the suspect did not have a gun, but walked into the bank and verbally demanded money from the teller with the threat of violence.

“I want to put out there that we have about a 70-80 percent solution rate on these types of crimes. We never stop looking. We take these crimes very seriously,” he said. “I would say we feel pretty confident that if we get the person, we could prosecute the person.”

The FBI re-issues its wanted ad for the suspect as a “reminder,” said Fisher, in hopes that any developments over the years will bring something forward.

“You never know,” he added. “Somebody may have heard something in a bar or restaurant. Somebody may be a relation to this person and there’s been a fallout.”

Representatives for the bank did not respond Tuesday to a request for comment.


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