Police: Suspect robs Cleburne bank, waits for officers to arrive

A Cleburne man is in jail, accused of robbing a bank Wednesday morning.

He got the money but didn't make a getaway, and officers didn't have to go far to find him. In fact, he never even left the bank.

Just after 9 a.m. Wednesday at First Financial Bank on Main Street, police say the suspect showed a bank robbery note to a teller. The note instructed the teller not to activate an alarm or place dye packets with the money.

When the suspect received the stolen cash, what he did next doesn't make sense.

The arrest affidavit says instead of a getaway, the suspect, 57-year-old Harold Collins grabbed a seat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive.

"It's kind of funny," the bank's CEO said during a 911 call he made about the robbery. "He came in, passed this note, and he went and sat down with his back to the teller."

"With his back to the teller?" the 911 dispatcher asked.

"Yes," said the bank CEO.

Those who know Collins say it's hard to believe he's now in the Johnson County jail, booked on a robbery charge.

Brandon Heetor knows Collins as a kind positive person who lived nearby with family.

"I couldn't believe it happened in Cleburne," said Heetor. "Then I found out it was Harold. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness!' Blew my mind, honestly."

Heetor says a few months ago, he gave Collins a ride and says he didn't appear angry, in need of money or show any trace he was dealing with a problem.

"We talked about showing people love and compassion and how you're supposed to do things in this world, but people have their off days sometimes," said Heetor.

The suspect's neighbors told FOX 4 that Collins is retired and is known to mow people's lawns and bring them cooked meals.

A family member at Collins' home didn't want to comment to FOX 4 on the arrest.

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