Belton robbery suspect matches suspect in Edna and Round Rock

About 40 minutes after security cameras captured this woman during a bank robbery in Belton, a similar woman robbed a bank in Round Rock. About a week later, an Edna bank was robbed by a woman matching her description.

Authorities located and arrested on Wednesday two people at a Refugio motel suspected of robbing an Edna bank on Tuesday.

Delida Mindieta, 54, and another person whose name was unavailable were arrested on warrants at a motel in the 900 block of U.S. 77, said Max Hernandez, deputy U.S. marshal.

An unspecified amount of cash was also seized, said Hernandez, who declined to say how the two were located.

Edna police Capt. Bruce McConathy said he thinks Mindieta not only held up an Edna Wells Fargo, 1006 N. Wells St., on Tuesday but also two banks in Round Rock and Belton in late April. Security camera images taken of the suspect in Edna match those from Belton and Round Rock, he said.

Round Rock robbery suspect matches suspect in Edna and Belton bank robberies

Security cameras at a Round Rock bank captured this woman during a robbery there on April 22. The woman matches images of a suspect from an Edna bank robbery reported Tuesday.

About 3:20 p.m. April 22, a woman robbed the Compass Bank, 313 E. Central Ave. in Belton, according to a city of Belton news release.

About 40 minutes later, the Wells Fargo, 271 University Oaks Blvd. in Round Rock, was robbed, according to a city of Round Rock news release. The banks are about 40 miles apart.

As in the Edna robbery, the suspect in the Round Rock robbery was described as about five feet tall and heavyset.

Although Belton officials did not offer a physical description of their suspect, they said a woman displayed a note but no weapon to tellers during the robbery there.

The Edna suspect also displayed a note but no weapon, authorities said.

Cameras capture woman suspected of robbing Edna bank

Security cameras at the Wells Fargo in Edna captured this image of a woman who is suspected of robbing the bank.

Investigators in the Belton and Round Rock cases have identified their suspect as Mindieta and obtained warrants for her, McConathy said. Although Mindieta’s driver’s license lists her as an El Campo resident, McConathy said the woman is from “all over.”

Edna police investigators have not obtained a warrant for either Mindieta or a man suspected of acting as a getaway driver but are working with FBI officials, the captain said.

Edna bank robbery

A black car may have been involved in the robbery.

According to Texas criminal records, Mindieta has numerous convictions, including forgery, driving while intoxicated, prostitution, theft between $1,500 and $20,000, theft of property between $50 and $500, theft of property between $20 and $500 by check, assault causing bodily injury, assault causing bodily injury to a family member, public intoxication, unauthorized use of a vehicle, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance less than 1 gram and driving while license invalid.

“You can’t hide forever,” McConathy said.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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