KXAN viewer tip leads to arrest of Wells Fargo bank robber

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police say they have arrested a woman in connection to a bank robbery in central Austin earlier this week. Michelle Crawford, 45, is accused of robbing the Wells Fargo at 1601 W. 35th St. on Monday morning.

After seeing a KXAN story, a CVS employee tipped off officers that the suspect they were looking for had shoplifted from the store Feb. 10. Crawford’s description was matched to two bank robberies.

Comparing surveillance images police were able to identify Crawford as the robber from the Well Fargo Bank. A physical depiction given to officers described Crawford as a tall female, wearing a wig and “looks like she has lip injections.”

Initially, police said they weren’t sure if the robber was a man or a woman. According to the affidavit, Crawford presented a hand written note to the teller demanding $50 and $100 bills. She also threatened that she had a gun. Crawford was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Members of the APD Robbery Unit and FBI Violent Crimes Task Force arrested her on Tuesday. She is currently in the Travis County Jail charged with robbery.

The bank robbery on Monday was the first one in a string of bank robberies this week.

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