The Oct. 15, 2010, armed robbery of Vintage Bank in Waxahachie has remained unsolved, but authorities are hoping a $12,500 reward will bring in the information needed to close the case.

Vintage Bank is offering $10,000 of the reward money, with Texas Bankers Foundation contributing the remaining $2,500 to the fund. The reward will be paid for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the individual responsible for the offense.

The Waxahachie Police Department and FBI are conducting the investigation of the incident, which saw a  suspect armed with a semi-automatic black or blue steel handgun make contact with a bank employee as she went to enter the building prior to the start of the business day. That employee and another employee already inside of the bank were subsequently bound hand and foot with zip ties and locked inside the bank vault by the suspect. They were able to access a cell phone and contact authorities at about 7:02 a.m.; however, the suspect apparently exited the building with an undisclosed sum of money prior to police arrival.

The suspect is described as a black male about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, clad in all black clothing that included a mask, gloves and a fedora. The whites of his eyes were yellow and he was further described as “articulate and well-spoken” by the two employees, according to police.

Authorities believe the suspect also committed an attempted robbery of a Wells Fargo branch in North Richland Hills on Oct. 8, as detailed on the law enforcement/business website, www.bandittracker.com.

The Waxahachie Police Department is the lead agency on the offense in Waxahachie, with assistance being provided by the FBI.

Anyone with information should contact detective Lt. Todd Woodruff with WPD’s Criminal Investigation Division at 972-937-9940 or twoodruff@waxahachiepd.org.

Contact JoAnn at joann@wninews.com or 469-517-1452.