EL CAMPO — An armored car robbery outside of an El Campo bank Monday morning ended with at least two robbers fleeing with bags of cash and a slightly injured guard.
El Campo police, the FBI and the Department of Public Safety are looking for any information the public can supply to help capture the men who remain at large.
The thieves hit the Garda Cash Services armored van at 8:37 a.m. Monday as it was parked in the northside parking lot of Prosperity Bank, 1301 N. Mechanic.
The guards had just made a deposit and were picking up an undisclosed amount of cash.
“The car attendants were confronted outside the bank by two suspects,” Police Chief Terry Stanphill said Monday, adding they “were armed with an unknown type of weapon.”
No shots were fired.
“They were wearing overalls and masks,” Stanphill said in an interview with the El Campo Leader-News.
Prosperity Bank does not open until 9 a.m. weekday mornings.
“Our associates were not involved,” Senior Vice President and Lobby Manager Sandra McDonald said Monday. “The bank was closed.”
It opened without incident at 9 a.m.
“We were very fortunate no one was involved other than the two guards. Law enforcement is doing a fabulous job,” McDonald said.
One of the armored car guards reportedly suffered minor injuries and was transported by El Campo EMS to El Campo Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The two male suspects fled in a white Ford company van that was later found in the 200 block of West Norris.
“We’re pretty sure it was stolen last night or this morning (Monday),” the chief said.
The two robbers then appeared to have gotten into a second vehicle described as a tan or gray four-door sedan — possibly a Honda.
It is unknown where they may have gone from there or if more than the two were involved.
Late Monday morning, crime tape still surrounded the gray armored van parked near a small door on the bank’s north side as El Campo detectives gathered around it, still asking questions.
At the time, one guard was still at ECMH. The other at the El Campo Police Department giving his statement.
And countywide, officers were on the lookout for that four-door sedan.
McDonald has been with Prosperity Bank 13 years. To the best of her knowledge, she said, this has been the first armored car robbery in El Campo.
“Oh gosh, yes, in El Campo. It hasn’t happened at our bank – not in any bank in El Campo,” she said.
Garda Vice President Nathalie de Champlain said, “We are collaborating with the investigation led by the Texas Rangers,” but added, she could not make any other comments at this point.
Anyone who may have seen anything regarding this crime is urged to contact police at 543-5311 or the West Wharton County Crime Stoppers at 543-TIPS. Callers to the Crime Stoppers Tip Line do not have to give their names to qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.