HOUSTON Two persistent bank robbery suspectswere in custody Thursday after hitting several banks innorth Houston over the last two days, according to the FBI.

The pair triedto rob the Wells Fargo Bank in the 12800 block of the North Freeway Thursdayaround 7:30 a.m. Authorities said they sent a note demanding money through the drive-thru, but when that did not work; they left and headed to another bank.

They tried again at the Capital One Bank in the 100 block of Greens Road shortly after 9 a.m.

Again, they handed over a note demanding cash. The tellerturnedoveran undisclosed amount of money and the suspects fled the scene, but one did not get very far.

Authorities caught him behind a Knights Inn in the 12500 block of the North Freeway shortly after the robbery. Once in custody, he confessed to robbing the Chase Bank in the 200 block of Greens Road a day earlier.

In that case, therobberwalked into the branch at 9:09 a.m. and handed the teller a threatening note specifically asking for $ 1,000. The teller gave the suspect some cash andhe fled in anolder model baby blue Lincoln with a rag top.

His alleged partner in crime was tracked down Thursday afternoon.

They are part of a disturbing trendhere. Houston typically averages between 101 and 177 bank robberies a year. This year, we'd already had 119by August 31.

The FBI says that bank robbers -- usually a mix of drug users, gang members, and people with prior criminal convictions -- are getting less and less cashin robberies, sometimes only a few hundred bucks.

Faced with smaller scores, they re hitting more banks.

Crime Stoppers has launched a campaign to catch the Top 10 bank robbers in Houston by putting their pictures online and on TV, they remind us that most are caught with help from the public.

We want to bring some attention, shed some light on what we see as a crime problem that quite frankly from my perspective we re seeing a spike or a trend that is alarming and needs to be addressed, said Special Agent in Charge Steve Morris with the Houston FBI.

Tips leading to an arrest can score you $5,000 from Crime Stoppers. Just call 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submityour tipsonline.


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