Drive-Through Bank Robberies Thwarted

A bank robber who strikes at drive-through windows failed twice Tuesday, police said.

He passed threatening notes to tellers in south and east Fort Worth before apparently calling it a day, they said.

The same man is likely responsible for two successful similar robberies in less than two weeks, robbery Sgt. J.D. Marshall said.

"It's not a real common way to commit bank robberies," he said.

A man in a gold SUV -- possibly a Chevrolet Trailblazer -- pulled up to the commercial window at Bank One, 4600 S. Hulen St., about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. He passed the teller a note demanding money.

"The clerk just didn't respond to the demand" and the man drove away, Marshall said.

About 2 p.m., a man fitting the description passed a note to a teller at the commercial window of Bank One, 2100 Hudson St. That teller also refused and activated a silent alarm.

The man drove southbound on South Beach Street.

The attempted robberies came four days after the Bank of America, 3100 Alta Mesa Blvd., was robbed by a man who fit the same description.

According to a police report, a man in a red two-door car pulled into the drive-through at 3:30 p.m. Friday and gave the teller a note demanding $6,000. The note said she would not get hurt if she complied.

The driver held up a folded newspaper and pointed to it with his other hand, apparently suggesting that he had a weapon. The teller said she feared for her life and gave the robber money in an envelope.

She said the car looked like a Camaro with tinted windows.

A similar robbery occurred July 15 at Bank of America, 4751 S. Hulen St. The robber was driving a silver or light-colored SUV, possibly a Honda.

"I guess there are pros and cons for the robber and sometimes for the bank," she said. "In any robbery, they're taking their chances."