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2016-02-11

KPD arrests bank robbery suspect

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Law enforcement officers with the Kerrville Police Department (KPD) arrested a suspect allegedly linked with an armed robbery at a bank in the downtown area.
The morning of Tuesday, Feb. 9, Cody Dean Scales, 25, was taken into custody without incident. He has been charged with aggravated robbery in conjunction with the robbery of the Bank Of America at 12:40 pm on Monday, Feb. 8.
According to KPD Public Information Officer Juan Trevizo, Scales was apprehended at approximately 8:30 am while riding a bicycle in the 300 block of Junction Highway.
The entire robbery incident was captured on security cameras located inside the bank at 601 Main Street. The video showed a firearm– ostensibly belonging to Scales – lying on a counter, according to reports.
At that time, the unknown male suspect was described as a white male in his mid to late 20s; wearing a green jacket, grey-green beanie-type cap, dark sunglasses, blue jeans and brown boots. The suspect was also described as being thin and about 5 feet, 4 inches tall with short red facial hair.
After displaying a firearm and taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the clerk, the suspect ran from the bank on foot.
Immediately after the robbery, officers with the KPD’s Criminal Investigations Unit began investigating the bank robbery and sought the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. However, the public was warned not to attempt to apprehend the suspect as he was considered armed and dangerous.
According to Trevizo, working with a “promising” tip, department investigators followed several leads until they had sufficient evidence to obtain a warrant for Scales’ arrest. In addition, Scales had purportedly confessed to the bank robbery, which is a federal crime.
By press time, it was unknown whether any of the stolen money had been recovered. Additionally, there was no information as to the amount of Scales’ bond – if any. He was booked into the Kerr County Jail.
In a prepared statement issued after Scales’ apprehension, a KPD spokesman thanked the citizens of Kerrville, deputies with the Kerr County Sheriff’s Department, other local agencies and the media for assisting in the investigation.