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$10K reward offered for Bell County bandit

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Police from four Central Texas cities are working together to halt a disturbing string of robberies.

Officials believe the same suspect is responsible for 25 different robberies in Bell and Williamson counties over the last two years. They believe his most recent robbery happened last month.

So far, no victims were hurt, but police fear the suspect could become violent when he strikes again.

"He appears to be quite prepared, that he could also be quite prepared to commit the ultimate acts of violence," Temple Police Chief Gary Smith said.

The suspect has robbed banks, convenience stores and restaurants and has taken a significant amount of money each time.

He's believed to have hit more than 10 different places in Temple and Killeen, two in Georgetown and one in Belton. The widespread nature of the case makes it complicated

"When we thought we had locations picked, then he'd change cities, so he has been very unpredictable and very hard for our intelligence analysts to follow," Lt. Frank Plowick said.

Police say the robber usually strikes hours before a place opens or closes, or when the location is receiving deliveries.

While the videos only capture one man, police still think could be more to the story.

"There certainly could be assistance on the outside of that business, from other people that we don't see or know about," Smith said.

Police don't have a detailed description of the robber, but are offering $10,000 for information which leads to his arrest and conviction.

Anyone with a tip is asked to call the Bell County Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-8477.

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