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Bank Robbery Suspect Identified

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Broussard PD Press Release

On Friday, September 28, 2012 the Home Bank located on Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Lafayette was robbed. 

The suspect, later identified as Mr. Thomas Helvik, 41 of Port Allen, La. entered into the bank matching the description of the suspect in the Regions Bank robbery. 

He then gave the teller a note demanding money and claiming that he had a gun. 

Broussard Police obtained a photographic line-up of that suspect identified by Lafayette Police and tellers from Regions Bank positively identified Mr. Thomas Helvik, as the person who robbed them on Monday September 24, 2012. 

With this we are moving forward as listing Mr Helvik as the offender in our case as well.

 

 


 

Police Investigate Bank Robbery in 5000 Block of Ambassador Caffery

Lafayette, LA— On September 28, 2012, at approximately 3:15 pm, Lafayette Police responded to the Home Bank, located at 5028 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, regarding a bank robbery. The suspect entered the bank and provided a note to the clerk advising he was armed and demanded money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash and exited the building. There were no injuries in the bank during the incident.

Officers responding to the scene observed a Ford F250 traveling on Verot School Road matching the description of the suspect vehicle from the robbery a week prior at Whitney Bank. Police followed the vehicle to the intersection of Verot School Road and West Pinhook Road. Officers then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the truck, at which time the suspect vehicle fled. Officers pursued the vehicle until the pursuit ended on Queens Row where an officer involved shooting occurred. The investigation of the shooting has been turned over to the Louisiana State Police. Lafayette Police are conducting the investigation into the bank robbery.  

Police Investigate Bank Robbery in 5000 Block of Ambassador Caffery

Lafayette, LA— On September 28, 2012, at approximately 3:15 pm, Lafayette Police responded to the Home Bank, located at 5028 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, regarding a bank robbery. The suspect entered the bank and provided a note to the clerk advising he was armed and demanded money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash and exited the building. There were no injuries in the bank during the incident.

Officers responding to the scene observed a Ford F250 traveling on Verot School Road matching the description of the suspect vehicle from the robbery a week prior at Whitney Bank. Police followed the vehicle to the intersection of Verot School Road and West Pinhook Road. Officers then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the truck, at which time the suspect vehicle fled. Officers pursued the vehicle until the pursuit ended on Queens Row where an officer involved shooting occurred. The investigation of the shooting has been turned over to the Louisiana State Police. Lafayette Police are conducting the investigation into the bank robbery. 


Acadiana Sees Third Bank Robbery 9/24/2012

Monday afternoon, a third Acadiana area bank was robbed in as many weeks. Local law enforcement agencies are looking for the persons responsible. But could they be looking for the same man?

The latest robbery at a Regions bank branch in Broussard Monday afternoon, played out very similar to two other robberies.

One in Lafayette, and in Opelousas. Even surveillance photos from all the hold ups show a suspect with a familiar look.

"Investigators just aren't at the point where we can connect all three, but obviously they're very similar in nature," says Corporal Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department.

When the Broussard branch of Regions bank called 911 to report they were just robbed it was the third bank robbery in as many weeks.

"We have a description of either a light skinned black male, or a white male subject," says Brannon Decou, Broussard Chief of police.

The other two armed robberies were at separate Whitney bank locations, the first in Opelousas, the second in Lafayette.

All three police departments describe a similar man. Tall, heavy set build, but that's not the only thing.

"The vehicle that we believe the suspect utilized in a neighboring parking lot was captured on surveillance," says Mouton.

The vehicle Lafayette police saw on those images is described as a gold brown, mid 2000's four by four Ford pick up truck.

Surveillance video from the Regions robbery monday show a similar truck the suspect pulled away in. OPD couldn't confirm a get-away vehicle. The parallels in the three cases don't end there.

"The gun was never seen however in the note it specified he had one," mentions Decou.

In all three robberies a note was handed to a teller saying he was armed but never showed the weapon.

In some instances the tellers didn't even think he was armed, but that single action has police believing it's more than likely the same guy.

"The method and behavior he conducted in the bank is very important and that's what investigators are looking at," explains Mouton.

If you know anything about these crimes, or the identity of the suspect you are asked to call either Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS or Crime Stoppers of St. Landry parish at 948-TIPS.

  


Bank Robbery Suspect Search Continues

Lafayette, LA - Investigators with the Lafayette Police Department have released photos of the vehicle they believe was used by the suspect in the bank robbery. One of the photos is the actual suspect vehicle in an adjacent parking lot next to the bank. The second photo is a similar truck believed to be a 2004 - 2008 F250 Ford pickup truck. The investigation remains ongoing. 

 


 Police Investigate Bank Robbery

Lafayette, LA— On September 21, 2012, at approximately 4:30 pm, Lafayette Police responded to an Armed Robbery at the Whitney Bank located 4524 Ambassador Caffery Parkway. The suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a demand note. The suspect claimed to be armed. The suspect fled the bank on foot, to a neighboring parking lot, where he left the scene in an unknown make/model pick-up truck. The suspect did flee with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as a male, approximately 6'2"-6'4", weighting between 240-260 pounds. The suspect was wearing a blue and white ball cap, light colored shirt with a white t-shirt underneath.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

 

 

 


 

Lafayette police are searching for the suspect who held up a bank Friday afternoon. The robbery happened at the Whitney Bank located on Ambassador Caffery Parkway.

The suspect handed the teller a note and claimed he was armed. The suspect fled in a pick up truck with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He is described as approximately 6'2"-6'4", weighing between 240-260 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue and white cap, and a light colored t-shirt.

Any information regarding the identity of suspect call Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

 


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