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Authorities in Houston, Texas are on the hunt for a 29-year-old bank teller accused of stealing $180,000 from an 86-year-old customer. The alleged theft occurred over a period of nearly five months earlier this year, and the suspect, Cecilia Hope Brown, is still at large.

The case came to light when the victim noticed that her Frost Bank IRA account, which had previously held $180,000, now had a balance of only $1.50. Concerned, she approached the Houston Police Department’s Financial Crimes Division to report the discrepancy.

According to the victim, she had entrusted Brown with access to her account, considering her to be like a daughter. However, she claims to have never given Brown permission to make any withdrawals. Investigators discovered that there were six unauthorized withdrawals from the account, averaging over $23,000 per transaction, between February 21 and July 3.

Suspicion quickly fell on Brown when investigators noticed inconsistencies between the victim’s signature and the signatures on the withdrawal slips. The victim also provided the bank-issued withdrawal slips, which contained Brown’s own signature.

Surveillance footage revealed Brown taking stacks of cash from the bank’s vault and concealing them under papers. She then walked the money to a teller counter and stored it beneath, later leaving the bank with boxes from the counter. When confronted by her supervisor, Brown claimed she had been taking the money to the victim’s vehicle, but no video evidence supported her claim.

Brown has been charged with a second-degree felony charge of aggregate theft from an elderly person. Frost Bank has since reimbursed the victim for the missing funds and has confirmed that Brown is no longer employed by the bank. They are fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation.

Houston Crime Stoppers has publicized Brown’s face and alleged crime, offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to her location and arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

As the search for Cecilia Hope Brown continues, authorities are reminding the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

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