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The first meeting of the new year for the Lumberton Band began with a “little change in the agenda,” club president Randy Eason said Jan. 3.

“Happy New Year, everyone; it’s been a good year so far,” Eason said, pausing for the audience’s laughter. “We have some special guests with us tonight.”

Christopher M. Carmon Thomas

A 23-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for robbing a bank in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales on Feb. 4.  

According to a news release, Christopher M. Carmon Thomas pleaded guilty on July 29, 2014 to bank robbery and was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison Feb. 4 by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. Thomas was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,309.00.

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U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Wednesday, July 30, that 23-year-old Christopher M. Carmon Thomas of Houston pleaded guilty to a Beaumont bank robbery on July 29, 2014 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

Christopher M. Thomas (inset) is a suspect in a Beaumont bank robbery.

Beaumont P.D. Detectives and FBI Agents identified the suspect as Christopher M. Thomas, 23, from Houston in the robbery of a Beaumont bank. BPD Detectives and FBI agents were able to obtain a federal arrest warrant for Thomas. Investigators conducted a manhunt that spanned for several days in Houston.

The robber (right) hopped the counter and demanded cash.

Police say a man with a knife robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Beaumont on Monday, May 13.