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Port Lavaca officials, FBI zero in on robbery suspect

By JJ VELASQUEZ
July 8, 2010 at 2:08 a.m.
Updated July 9, 2010 at 2:09 a.m.

Edwin Schneider

PORT LAVACA - Port Lavaca police are zeroing in on a man they believe is connected to a string of bank robberies in Texas, including one here on June 16.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Edwin Gus Schneider, 49, believed to be from the Austin area.

His criminal history includes arrests for burglary, larceny, theft, possession of controlled substance, evading arrest, making a false report, failure to appear and driving while intoxicated, according to the release.

The suspect was last seen driving a dark blue or black Dodge Avenger with the license plate FRC579, according to the release.

The robbery suspect entered an IBC Bank branch, inside a Port Lavaca H-E-B store, and told the woman teller he was robbing the bank. He requested all the money in the drawer.

The teller gave him the money from the cash drawer in a bag he provided, and the man left the bank and store.

The bank robber used similar techniques in three robberies in Round Rock and Corpus Christi.

Photographs taken at the scenes of the two robberies match the suspect who robbed the Port Lavaca bank, officials said.

Port Lavaca police are working with the FBI in the investigation.

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