Last Modified: Sunday, September 09, 2012 8:10 PM
JENNINGS — Police have arrested a Jennings man in connection with the recent holdup of a local bank and say he may have robbed the same bank earlier this year.
Cedric James Sinegal, 41, was arrested Thursday on a charge of armed robbery.
He was being held Friday in the city jail without bond, Police Chief Todd D’Alor said.
Police say Sinegal is one of two men who robbed the Jeff Davis Bank on West Division Street just before 4 p.m. Aug. 30.
Police say two masked men entered the bank, showed a weapon and demanded money before fleeing on bicycles with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police recovered the bicycles and a getaway car under the carport of an abandoned house on Washington Street, about a block from the bank.
Sinegal was arrested at around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after a search warrant was executed on a residence at Southwind Apartments off Airport Road in Jennings, D’Albor said. Investigators were able to collect evidence from the residence that connects Sinegal to the armed robbery, he said.
“Based on this evidence, and evidence collected on the day of the robbery, along with information received from the tips line, police have applied for and obtained a warrant for the arrest of Cedric James Sinegal, 41, of Jennings, the charge of armed robbery of the Jeff Davis Bank on Aug. 30,” D’Albor said in a news release.
Investigators are also piecing together evidence they believe ties Sinegal to the robbery of the same bank in April, he said.
More arrests are expected following a joint investigation by the FBI and Jennings police.
The recent armed robbery is the third for the bank since 2010 and the second one this year.
In April, two armed men entered the bank and also fled on bicycles with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Douglas Edward Ford, 46, of San Antonio was arrested in the March 2010 robbery of the same bank.
He was also accused of robbing banks in Rayne, Crowley and Sulphur, as well as banks in Mississippi, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.