For the second time in two weeks, a Cedar Rapids bank becomes the target of armed robbery.
Via CBS Iowa reports:
Police say a man walked into the Guaranty Bank Branch on Jacolyn Drive Northwest around 10 o’clock Monday morning. The robber was wearing some sort of makeup to make his skin appear darker. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says they have officers doing regular checks on these banks; they’re also working on several special initiatives with bank personnel. However, it hasn’t slowed these robbers down.
“It is a good neighborhood, definitely a good side of town to be on,” says resident Dustin Coppess. “Seems like no matter where you’re at anymore, something’s going down.”
And for the second time in as many weeks, it did go down – yet another armed robber in disguise at Guaranty bank.
“Obviously, yeah, it is a problem,” Coppess says. It’s a sentiment echoed by police Chief Wayne Jerman. “Anytime someone displays a weapon and commits a robbery, it’s a very serious crime,” Jerman says.
So far in 2014, there have been 8 banks robberies across the city – more than the last three years combined.
“It just seems like they keep happening no matter where you go,” Coppess says. “Bad economy, who knows what’s triggering it.”
The Center for Problem Oriented Policing, a national group of universities, researchers and police released a report on bank robberies.
In it they say there are three reasons they increase: 1. As banks extend hours, they increase opportunities for robbery; 2. Banks are the most lucrative of robbery targets; 3. Bank robberies are fast and low risk – especially considering that employees are trained to comply with a robber’s demands.
“There’s several reasons, but it’s pretty much subjective,” Jerman says. He says it’s a crime they usually crack.
Why does he have to dress up like a thug!?