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Accused ETX bank robber charged with lesser crime

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 5:36pm

A man who allegedly tried to rob a Lufkin bank earlier this month is behind bars after numerous tipsters were able to identify him.

Anthony Dewayne Bond, 23, of Clevelend is accused of entering the First Bank and Trust on November 5 and giving the teller a fake checking withrawal slip for the amount of $5,000.

On the slip was a fake name and account number. After running the name and account through the bank's computer system, no match was made. She asked Bond for identificiation, but he refused. After noticing the back of the slip demanded money to be put in a ziplock bag, the teller then left to speak with a manager, but when she returned, Bond had left the scene.

After releasing photos of Bond to the public, multiple tips, including one from a deputy, poured in identifying the suspect.

Lufkin police arrested the alleged robber on November 9 and booked him into the Angelina County Jail.

The district attorney's office has since charged Bond with false statement to obtain property. The crime did not meet the state's requirements of a bank robbery, according to Lufkin Police Detective J.B. Smith

Bond was also wanted by the Lufkin Police Department for burglary and is being held on $120,000 bail.

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