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The FBI and local authorities are investigating a string of three bank robberies over the past year in Oxford Junction, Iowa and Baldwin, Iowa.

The FBI issued surveillance photos from the robberies and what they believe each getaway truck looked like.

The first robbery was in Oxford Junction in February 2013 at the Citizens State Bank. He was armed and had a black, bushy fake beard. Witness said his getaway truck looked like a 1993 or 1994, four-wheel drive, blue Chevrolet pickup truck, with a silver stripe. 

The second robbery was the same bank, but months later in July 2013. The suspect had a fake red mustache and a full beard. Witnesses said he left in a 1994 to 2001, two wheel drive, white Dodge pickup truck with an American flag decal covering the entire rear window. 

The third and final robbery was in Baldwin just over a month ago at Ohnward Bank and Trust. This subject was also armed and wearing a dark colored, fake beard. He was seen leaving in a 1992 to 1995, two wheel drive, white Chevrolet pickup truck with a 3 inch red stripe running across the side of it. 

FBI said they are still unsure whether it's the same person or whether they are different men working together. They're hoping someone might recognize the suspects or the trucks and will call in tips. 

They also think the suspects live in the area or used to because of their knowledge of rural roads on their escape routes. 

"These have been violent take-over robberies," said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Mike Kitsmiller. "On two of the robberies, the individuals come in with the guns drawn, they're ordering people onto the floor, putting the employees in the vault and terrorizing the people in the bank before leaving."

Agent Kitsmiller said it's a matter of time before someone gets hurt if these robberies continue. He said they don't have any finger prints or license plate numbers yet. 

"I think we're still waiting on that one good tip to come in that we can run with," said Agent Kitsmiller. "Like I say, we cleaned out the other tips as we got them as quickly as we could. We just haven't had the right one yet."

He said local police are increasing vigilance around area banks. 

Both banks are offering $25,000 each, for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the bank robbers.

Check out each of the bank's surveillance footage of the suspects here.

 

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