A jury on Thursday found Wayne Alan Watson guilty of three counts of armed bank robbery, the verdict coming after a three-day trial in the Eastern District of Texas, according to a news release from the court.
Watson was found guilty of robbing the City Credit Union in Gainesville on Oct. 16, the Altra Federal Credit Union in Tyler on Dec. 1 and the Texoma Educators Federal Credit Union in Denison on Dec. 19, according to the court.
Additional robberies in Austin and Wichita Falls in January led to Watson being identified as the serial robber, according to the news release.
On January 17th the Legend Bank branch located at Kemp and Kell was robbed at gunpoint by a white male. The suspect was quickly discovered to be a serial bank robber operating in the Central and North Texas area. Multiple investigators from across the state, as well as federal agencies, were working on the case and sharing information.
Detectives from the Wichita Falls Police Department Crimes Against Persons Unit identified the suspect during their follow up investigation of the Legend Bank robbery. The suspect was identified as Watson. Further investigation identified Watson as the subject who robbed the Carter’s Department Store, located on Lawrence Road on November 29, 2017.
On Tuesday, February 13th at approximately 5:45 am Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department, in cooperation with The FBI, Texas Rangers, Tarrant County Sherriff’s Office and the Texas DPS SWAT Team, executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Isbell Ct. in Ft Worth, Texas at which time Watson was initially taken into custody for the aggravated robbery at Carter’s.
It was during this search that investigators located evidence that linked Watson to multiple bank robberies across the state to include the Legend Bank.