WEST DEPTFORD, N.J., (CBS) — Police in West Deptford are searching for several bank robbery suspects. Officials say they fled after forcing employees of a bank into the vault at gunpoint to get cash.
The surveillance video looks like something out of a Hollywood production.
For this team of bank robbers, it was ladies first. West Deptford Township Police say that just after 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, a woman covered head to toe entered the BB&T Bank and took a seat with the banker.
“African-American female comes in with some sort of scarfing over her head. The odd part was that she did have some sort of gloves on,” said Dep. Chief Sean McKenna of the West Deptford Police. “Started talking about normal business at that point. The employee was a little suspicious at that time.”
A few moments later, a man dressed in a Muslim thobe with a hijab over his face entered the bank.
After scoping things outside the bank, he seems to tell the woman it’s go time.
“Suspect #1 pulled a gun from her waistband, stood up, brandished it at the employee she was conducting business with and then also brandished the gun to the employee behind the counter,” McKenna explained.
The suspects ordered bank employees to get money from the vault. A second man, also dressed in Muslim clothing, charged inside and hurdled the bank counter. He tried unsuccessfully to open the teller draws. Then, all three ran out and drove away.
“Definitely wasn’t an amateur type of move,” said McKenna. “It was very planned out.”
West Deptford Police are working with the FBI, but so far the description of the suspects and their precise actions do not match any other bank robberies, even if they were calculated in what they did.
Police say no one was hurt and no arrest have been made.