Man robs northwest Austin bank after failed robbery of Randalls drive-thru

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The Wells Fargo bank at 10900 Research Blvd. in northwest Austin was robbed on Feb. 7, 2018. (KXAN Photo)_631072

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who tried and failed to rob a northwest Austin grocery store’s pharmacy drive-thru when next door where he was able to successfully rob a Wells Fargo bank.

Officers were called to the bank at 10900 Research Blvd., next to Braker Lane, at 3:06 p.m. Wednesday. The suspect allegedly tried to force open the drive-thru window of the Randalls pharmacy in the same parking lot as the bank but was unable to get any money from the clerk.

Police officers were on the lookout for the man, identified Thursday as Lyndel Smith, 52, when they found him at a nearby bus stop.

No one was injured in either incident. Anyone with information on the incident should call the APD Robbery Tip Line at 512-974-5092 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.

There has been a flurry of bank robberies in Austin so far this year. A Prosperity Bank on Northland Drive in west Austin was robbed earlier Wednesday for the second time in a week.

The Chase Bank across the street from the Prosperity Bank was robbed on Jan. 25.

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