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Tellers abducted during robbery at Keesler but are safe
BILOXI, Miss. (4/22/08)--Because Keesler FCU employees “did exactly what they are trained to do,” a robbery and hostage situation at the credit union Friday left its employees and members unharmed. On Friday, an armed man entered the credit union and took two employees hostage, Tammy Brister, Keesler vice president of branch operations, told News Now. The man had several weapons, and the credit union was “extremely busy” at the time of the robbery, she added. The man proceeded to take two tellers hostage. Because he came to the credit union on foot, he forced them into one of the teller’s cars to escape. The three left the credit union, and after a high-speed chase, the car drove into a ditch and the robber was caught by police, Brister said. “The tellers are fine,” she said. “No one was hurt physically.” Keesler closed Saturday to give employees time to relax and “work through it,” Brister added. The credit union also contracted with a trauma counseling service for its employees. “All of the employees are shocked, but fine,” she said. “Nobody quit.” Keesler also analyzed staff’s response to the robbery from a management perspective to see if anything could have been done differently. The employees did everything they were supposed to, Brister said. “We are proud of our employees at all locations,” she said. From Thursday through Saturday, five robberies occurred at area financial institutions. Only two of the robbers, including the Keesler robber, have been apprehended, Brister said.
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