Officials release bank robbery surveillance video
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WHDH) -- Police are hoping newly released surveillance video will help them catch two suspects captured on camera robbing a South Florida bank, last month.
The footage from the Sept. 4 incident, released Monday by FBI officials, shows an armed suspect clad in all-black rushing inside the TD Bank located at 7999 Pines Boulevard, shortly before 1 p.m. Moments later, another gun-toting suspect wearing a ski mask, gray sweat pants and a sweater is seen entering the bank.
One of the men then pulls out a gun and points it at an employee. He then jumps over the counter and takes an undisclosed amount of cash while a customer stands still, to the subject's right, with her hands raised. A handgun is clearly visible in the subject's right hand.
"Some people nowadays is crazy," said bank customer Denzel Watts. "They're probably thirsty for the money."
FBI officials said shots were fired inside the bank, but no one was injured. The suspect standing on the counter
"It's horrible, it's frightening," said bank customer Linda Wells.
The footage shows the subject standing over the register grabbing the money so quickly that some bills spill over to the counter. As the duo walks out of the bank they leave behind a trail of cash.
The suspects were seen fleeing the area in a 1998-2002 black Pontiac Firebird or Trans Am with distinctive chrome wheels, tinted windows and a spoiler on the rear hatch. According to FBI agents, the getaway vehicle was parked in front of the bank at the time of the robbery.
Pembroke Pines residents who frequent the area expressed their concern about the suspects, who remain at large. "It's horrible, the times that we're living in that they could do that, and they could go to work," said Violet Cera. "If they have a gun in their hands, a weapon, you can't do anything. It's your life, it's the life of someone else at stake."
"I don't feel good about it; I do spend a lot of time in this neighborhood," said James Rowe.
"It's scary," said Shanna Moore, whose brother is a TD Bank customer. "My brother could have been at that bank. At that moment, something could have happened. It's not safe."
FBI agents said they hope somebody recognizes the perpetrators' car and turns them in before they can strike again.
"Who wants to be in a neighborhood where their neighborhood bank is being robbed?" said Moore.
There is a $3,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in this case. If you recognize the suspects in the video, call the FBI at 305-944-9101. You may also call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous.