Bank teller still haunted by robbery experience

Created: 02/20/2014 5:50 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It has to be in the back of every bank employee's mind. What if my bank is next?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which handles all bank robberies, brought a four year old case to the attention of KOB Eyewitness News 4. To some that may seem like a case that is too old.

According to Frank Fisher, Media Coordinator for the FBI, “We believe you can never have a bank robbery that’s too old or insignificant.”

Some also might also think a bank robbery is a victimless crime; after all, banks are FDIC insured, right?

“There is a human toll on bank robberies,” Said Fisher, “there are victims, there are the tellers, who have guns pointed at them.”

On October 13, 2010, a teller at the 20th Street branch of Four Corners Community Bank branch in Farmington heard the words no teller wants to hear.

“This man walked in with a gun and covered and said this is a bank robbery.” The teller involved talked exclusively with KOB. She asked we not reveal her identity.

She was the only teller at the counter that day.

“He was leaned over my station, and grabbed it from me he was like right in front of my face and he had the gun in my face, so the gun was like right here.” The former teller said, “He scared me very bad.”

The teller no longer works in banking but is clearly still shaken from the incident almost four years later.

The FBI is asking the public to take a good look at the pictures they have released.  

They also have this warning for prospective bank robbers.

“Anyone, anyone, I will say again, anyone that thinks that they can walk into a bank and leave with money, we have about an 80% success rate, in bank robberies here in New Mexico, which means there is an 80% chance that we are going to catch you,” said Fisher.

The FBI has resources online if you have any information on this robbery or any other robbery. That information as well as the pictures of this suspect is at the 4 Links section of

The FBI has a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of any bank robbery suspect.

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