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An Austin man has been charged in the attempted robbery of one Austin bank and the robbery of another on June 18, 2013. Police were able to identify Hart after a detective recognized him as one of his neighbors.

The Austin Police Department has charged Edward Maurice Hart with Robbery, a second degree felony.

According to authorities, Hart walked into the Prosperity Bank at 8770 Research Boulevard at around 10:00 a.m., approached a bank teller station and demanded the teller put all of the twenty dollar bills she had into an envelope. When asked if he had an account, Hart allegedly replied that he was just going to take them. The teller removed forty dollars from her drawer and sat it on the counter in front of Hart, who then told the teller "don't bother" and walked out of the bank.

About an hour later, according to arrest affidavits, Hart walked into the Frost Bank at 1200 Barbara Jordan Boulevard and again told the teller to put all of the twenties in an envelope and that he would be taking them. The teller complied with Hart's demands, and then he left the building.

On June 19 an Austin Police robbery detective contacted the detectives investigating the case.  He said he had seen a picture of the suspect and recognized him as a person who lived in his neighbor's house.   The detective even recalled having conversations with the alleged suspect. 

Hart has been charged with robbery, a second degree felony. 


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