Police Still Seeking Two Men in Beaumont Bank Robbery

BEAUMONT – Police are still seeking the identities of two men involved in a bank robbery late Friday afternoon.

One man entered the Citibank at 777 Beaumont Ave. at 5:43 p.m., fired several shots into the ceiling with a handgun and ordered employees to give him money. He left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, and got into a white van driven by another male suspect.

Darcy Mulvihill, spokesman for Beaumont police, said no one was harmed during the incident. The Beaumont Police Department is located just two blocks east of the Citibank location. “We are a small town,” said Mulvihill. “The robbery occurred at 5:43 and the officers got there at 5:45.”

She said the van, which had previously been reported stolen, was located a few blocks west of the Citibank, near the Beaumont Library. “The van was in the alleyway next to the bank,” said Mulvihill. Officers began a search of the surrounding area for the suspects just minutes after the robbery, said Mulvihill. She said the suspects likely switched to another unknown vehicle.

The suspect that entered the bank was described as a black male adult, medium build between 6-feet-1 and 6-2, weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. He was seen wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, dark pants and a ski mask. There was no description of the suspect driving the van.

Mulvihill said the police received a separate call that might be related to the robbery. A caller reported seeing a male subject with a gun inside a grocery store, two miles from the Citibank. The caller said the male subject had been seen walking away from a white van.

“That call came in at 5:28,” said Mulvihill, adding that the van seen at the Food4Less was also reported stolen. She did not disclose where the two vans were stolen from, or at what time. Officers responded within minutes and searched the area, including the van.

Part of the continuing investigation includes checking the surveillance tapes at Citibank. “I’m not sure if there are any (surveillance tapes) at the Food4Less,” said Mulvihill.

Police are seeking the public’s help. Their contact number is 951-769-8500.

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