(KSLA) - Evidence suggests that the people suspected of robbing a bank branch Tuesday in Castor also were involved in multiple other armed robberies in North Louisiana, authorities report.
The Bank of Montgomery branch in the Bienville Parish village of Castor was robbed about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bienville Sheriff John Ballance said.
Authorities have since arrested three people in connection with that holdup.
Investigators suspect the trio also are responsible for a fire in a vacant house that was reported at 1:11 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff said.
That is similar to what happened when a man and woman robbed a City Bank & Trust Co. branch April 2 in Campti, which is about 30 miles south of Castor.
That same afternoon, there was a 911 report of an alleged bomb threat at Lakeview High School in the 7000 block of Louisiana Highway 9 north of Campti.
Now Detective Greg Dunn, chief of investigations for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the trio arrested in connection with the Castor bank holdup had been targets of their investigation into the Campti armed robbery.
“However, we released information to law enforcement only because we did not want to jeopardize or tip off the suspects.”
Natchitoches sheriff’s deputies were among more than 30 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies helping Bienville Parish authorities with their manhunt after the robbery Tuesday in Castor.
“We are working closely with Bienville Parish sheriff’s detectives interviewing suspects and witnesses in this case,” says a post on the Natchitoches Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.