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Armed Bank Robbery in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- For the second time in two weeks, a Cedar Rapids bank becomes the target of armed robbery.

Police say a man walked into the Guaranty Bank Branch on Jacolyn Drive Northwest around 10 o'clock Monday morning. The robber was wearing some sort of makeup to make his skin appear darker.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department says they have officers doing regular checks on these banks; they're also working on several special initiatives with bank personnel. However, it hasn't slowed these robbers down.

It is a good neighborhood, definitely a good side of town to be on, says resident Dustin Coppess. Seems like no matter where you're at anymore, something's going down.

And for the second time in as many weeks, it did go down - yet another armed robber in disguise at Guaranty bank.

Obviously, yeah, it is a problem, Coppess says.

Its a sentiment echoed by police Chief Wayne Jerman.

Anytime someone displays a weapon and commits a robbery, it's a very serious crime, Jerman says.

So far in 2014, there have been 8 banks robberies across the city - more than the last three years combined.

It just seems like they keep happening no matter where you go, Coppess says. Bad economy, who knows what's triggering it.

The Center for Problem Oriented Policing, a national group of universities, researchers and police released a report on bank robberies.

In it they say there are three reasons they increase: 1. As banks extend hours, they increase opportunities for robbery; 2. Banks are the most lucrative of robbery targets; 3. Bank robberies are fast and low risk - especially considering that employees are trained to comply with a robber's demands.

There's several reasons, but it's pretty much subjective, Jerman says.

He says it's a crime they usually crack.

We do make an arrest or clear the majority of bank robberies.

It remains to be seen whether the spike in robberies this year will cause people to look over their shoulder the next time they stand in line to cash a check.

Whether you're at an ATM machine or you're at a bank, it's something to keep in the back of your mind. Coppess says.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Cedar Rapids Police were called to their 8th bank robbery of 2014 Monday morning.
   Officers were called to the Guaranty Bank located at 191 Jacolyn Dr. NW in Cedar Rapids just before 10:15am. 
   Investigators say a weapon was shown during the robbery but that no one was hurt.  Authorities have not released a description of the suspect.  The Guaranty Bank branch was also robbed on June 25th.  It is also the fourth time a robbery was reported at the bank in the past five years.
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