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      Bank Robberies: A Hard Crime To Solve

      By: Melina MatthesMMatthes@kptm.comOMAHA (kptm) - Omaha Police and the FBI are on the hunt for two bank robbers. Investigators said two men went inside the Bank of the West location in Midtown just before 11:00 Monday morning and held it up. After pointing a gun at the teller they were given cash. Police said they fled in a maroon or red Chevy blazer. Police tell Fox 42 News this wasn't the only bank robbery in town Monday. There was another in Ralston during the afternoon and investigators said solving bank robberies are some of the hardest crimes to figure out.It was an emotional morning for the tellers at the Bank of the West off 44th and Farnam. Police said two crooks entered the bank through the front doors and demanded cash. The doors have been locked ever since they left with a bag full of money, but police said the crooks may never be caught.It's nothing new and you've probably seen video just like it beforebank robberies. Investigators said lately they've noticed more crooks trying to get away with it. "The people working there are just clerks. It's very traumatic to have a gun pointed in your face and to be robbed. A lot of people think 'hey it's just government money' but it's not. There's a person that's standing there and it is a very dangerous situation," Crime Stoppers Coordinator, James Shade said.Now Crime Stoppers is offering anyone with information a $25,000 cash reward."We hope with that amount of money that if you need a life change or need to get out of town, you're able to use that money for that," Shade said.The FBI said bank robbers are hard to catch, most of the time the crooks wear bandanas, hats or sunglasses to cover their face. Investigators said eventually the thieves will brag about what they've done."We also want bank robbers to know that when you're out there other people are going to know what's going on with you and remember there's a $25,000 bounty on your head and your friends will turn you in," Shade said.Police investigators said they want the public's help catching these criminals. They said if you see something suspicious, then something is probably going on. Get a license plate number; take note of the suspect's car and what they're wearing and try to figure out their height and weight. Police said the easiest way to do that is by comparing them to your own body type. If you have any information that could lead to an arrest of a bank robbery suspect, call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP. You will remain anonymous and you could get a cash reward.
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