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East Albany Credit Union robbed at gunpoint

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Albany Police and the F-B-I  are looking for a gunman who robbed a credit union.

But that investigation is being hampered because the credit union's surveillance video was no good.

They think the masked gunman acted alone when he held up the east Albany business shortly after it opened.

The gunman robbed the Albany Federal Employees Credit Union in the 200 block of Johnson Road about 9:40 Tuesday morning. Police say the surveillance video from the bank gave them no help.

As a light rain fell, Albany Police Investigators check the parking lot and the alley behind the Albany Federal Employees Credit Union for any evidence. That is the direction witnesses say the masked gunman ran, after he robbed the Albany Federal Employees Credit Union on Johnson Road this morning. Investigators say the robber was in and out of the bank very quickly.

Albany Police Deputy Chief Mark Scott said "Just a few seconds."

The gunman was between 5 foot 8 to 6 feet tall, and a medium build. He wore a mask, so the description is vague.

Scott said "Described as a black male. He was dressed all in black. He had a black ski mask on. A long sleeved black shirt, black pants."

And Police say the video surveillance equipment from the bank was bad quality, and of little use, so they could not provide any pictures to show.

Police say the gunman walked into the bank, showed a handgun, but did not point it at the tellers. He demanded money. The teller gave him cash, and he left quickly. Police say the robber was seen driving away in a white or beige 4 door sedan, probably 1990's, but the witnesses were not sure of a make or model. They think the robber acted alone.

Scott said "At this point it seems to be one person. The witnesses saw one person come in and they believe one person left in the car."

Next door at Hughes Hardware, owner Fussell Hughes admits a robbery this close concerns him.

Hughes said "It does. You don't ever know when someone is going to walk in the store and hold a gun on you."

As crime scene investigators finger printed inside the bank, Police searched the East Albany area and sent lookouts to surrounding law enforcement for the bank robber. As soon as Police finished inside the bank, the employees put a sign on the door, saying this credit union branch would be closed until further notice, and left.

Johnson Road has a lot of traffic on it, with employees headed to the Marine Base.

Police ask anyone who might have seen a suspicious person or that beige car near the Credit Union Monday or Tuesday morning, to let them know.

If you did see that car, or you have other information that might help investigators, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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