After a six-day manhunt, authorities arrested a Stephenville man in connection with an armed bank robbery at Members Trust Credit Union Friday, March 13.
David Wayne Crabtree, 41, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly confessing to authorities that he was the masked man responsible for robbing the credit union at gunpoint. Crabtree is reportedly an employee of Atmos Energy.
According to a statement released by the Stephenville Police Department, Lt. Don Miller received information that Crabtree “had moved a large sum of money.”
Crabtree was then interviewed by Lt. Miller, Texas Ranger Sgt. Danny Briley and FBI agents, but was later released.
The following morning, at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, Crabtree called Lt. Miller and confessed to the robbery. During the conversation, Crabtree provided Lt. Miller with information as to his whereabouts, which was outside of the city limits.
Stephenville police passed the information on to the Erath County Sheriff’s Department and deputies were dispatched to that location, where Crabtree was taken into custody without incident.
Authorities had been searching for the robber for almost a week, after a masked gunman walked into the credit union and forced employees into the main room at gunpoint and forced another employee to remove money from a teller drawer.
There were no customers inside the bank at the time of the robbery and no injuries were reported.
Authorities said the money and weapon have been recovered.
Crabtree is being held at the Erath County Jail on a $500,000 bond.