FBI says progress made in bank robbery case

CNJ staff

Police have identified a person of interest and are waiting on forensic evidence in a July bank robbery in Clovis, according to Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department.

Police are hopeful they will be able to make an arrest, he said.

Bill Elwell, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque office, said investigators continue to work closely with Clovis police in an effort to solve the case.

Evidence has been sent to a crime lab at FBI headquarters for analysis, Elwell said.

“We don’t have sufficient information or evidence to get a criminal complaint or indictment at this point. We like to say we are (optimistic) — we will keep trying to pound the pavement,” he said.

On July 14, a white male entered the Hilltop Plaza branch of New Mexico Bank & Trust and demanded money from the tellers before laying a mock bomb on the counter and walking out with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

Explosive ordnance disposal personnel from Cannon Air Force Base determined the device to be a fake.