Last Modified: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 11:02 AM
The man who robbed Southwest Credit Union on May 18 and Pay Day Now on June 30 — both businesses on Cities Service Highway — was arrested Friday after employees at two local banks foiled his plans for more heists, Sulphur police said.
Malcolm Jarmal Scott, 27, Southington St. in Houston, was seen on Friday covering his face before entering Access Credit Union, but employees locked the doors and called authorities, Police Chief Lewis Coats said.
Later Friday, Scott was seen acting suspiciously in the parking lot of First National Bank, and again the doors were locked before he could enter, Coats said.
Scott was charged with two counts of armed robbery and is being held at the Sulphur jail on $350,000 bond.
Six armed robberies have taken place at Sulphur businesses this year. Coats said one remains unsolved: A white woman with a handgun robbed the Bayou Store on Ruth Street on Feb. 23.
Other Texas residents were charged with four of the robberies. Coats said in June that many of the robberies were being committed by out-of-town criminals who targeted spots with easy access to Interstate 10.
He said Scott is also wanted for robberies in Lafayette.
“We’re getting a career criminal off the street,” Coats said. “He has a lengthy record in Texas. We’re glad to get him behind bars.”