DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – On February 2, at around 10 a.m., the Family Credit Union on Rockingham Road in Davenport had only been open for an hour when it was robbed by Rayontrez Brown, 25, according to the department Davenport Police Department.
It was the second family credit union he had robbed in two weeks.
The criminal complaint says Brown went behind the counter both times and asked the cashier to give him money from the till. No document mentions him using a weapon.
Since the beginning of the year, three banks have been robbed in Davenport. This is the same number of banks that have been robbed in the city for the whole of 2021, and we are only in the third month.
FBI statistics show that bank robberies have decreased significantly since the 1970s due to state-of-the-art security, which increases the likelihood of the thief getting caught. However, as archaic and risky as bank robberies are, they still happen, with the Quad Cities having typically seen five robberies a year for the past five years.
Image: Bank robberies that have taken place in the Quad Cities region over the past five years.
The year 2020, marked by the pandemic, is the only exception.
Reports of crimes that have occurred in the area show that each thief leaves with an undisclosed sum of money.
“You can practice, imagine, do all these things that would help prepare you for this type of situation, but when this potential or suspected thief passes a note or says ‘hey’ or indicates that he may have a weapon, it It’s just terrifying,” said Jason Norton, senior vice president of DuTrac Credit Union.
Their Davenport branch was robbed in 2018.
TV6 Investigates asked Norton if he knew if a bank robber was exploring the scene ahead of time. “Most likely,” he replied, “[it’s] what we call “case”. By examining what the building looks like, how it is laid out, they will look for escape routes [and] ways to escape if law enforcement appears, security measures, cameras [and] sensors; they look at all these things.
About ten years ago, Arizona State University took a deep look in the trends behind bank robberies, with the study indicating that only 10% of crimes fail to obtain cash from tellers.
The study concluded that the allure of a theft is the simplicity of the crime. For example, if you imagine the interior of a bank, it is a predictable scene. There is a large open room with the wickets sitting towards the back. It is easy to navigate.
In addition to layout, bank tellers learn to comply with a theft no matter what.
Leading to a crime that takes less time than ordering a Happy Meal, like what happened to the American Bank in Bettendorf on Middle Road in 2019.
In surveillance footage TV6 Investigates obtained from the Bettendorf police department, the suspect calmly enters the bank at 9:59 a.m.
He bypasses two people at the counter and asks the cashier for money. The criminal complaint says he showed a weapon, which is visible in the video.
The cashier complied with the thief’s demands, giving him the money within 26 seconds of entering.
The suspect left at 10:00 a.m., just under a minute after entering. The police arrived seven minutes later.
Almost as quickly as a bank can be robbed, however, the suspect can be arrested.
According to FBI statistics, 60% of all bank robberies are solved. A quarter of them are resolved the same day.
That’s what happened in the 2019 US bank robbery. Police arrested half-brothers Christopher Schultz, 25, and Benjamin Watkins, 44, hours after the events for first-degree robbery.
Enhanced security measures, such as tiny devices, secret alarms and other sources that are not disclosed to the public, are used to help apprehend a suspect after the theft, so personnel do not have to risk their safety during the event.
“You should always believe they have something,” Norton said, “we have to operate with the belief that they can harm someone.”
The Thief, as in the case of Watkins and Schultz in 2019, may not have as clean a getaway as they thought.
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