May 2, 2012 9:05 PM by Erin Steuber
A Franklin man is in the Lafayette Parish jail accused of robbing Iberia Bank. Claude James Hebert is accused of holding up the bank in the 2100 block of Pinhook Road. Lafayette Police say he used a revolver and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. One look at the surveillance photo from the bank and a Jeanerette resident knew the suspect.
A tip to the Jeanerette City Marshal's office helped identify the bank robbery suspect as 37-year-old Claude James Hebert.
"It was excellent video," said City marshal Fernest Martin. "you don't get videos that often, of that good nature, that can help you identify the suspect so easily."
Bank surveillance shows an undisguised Hebert. His face mostly exposed, wearing only a hat and sunglasses. When he showed up at the Marshal's office, deputies say, Hebert was non-chalant and acted as if he had not idea why they wanted to talk to him.
"He was normal, like he was just coming in for a interview," said Chief Deputy Jeff Matthews.
According to the City Marshal the suspect showed up at the station, looking confident, before being questioned and turned over to Lafayette Police.
"He played it off like, 'you wanted me to come in and talk so I'm here lets talk,'" said Matthews. "We also detained the house and the vehicle we thought he was in. That yielded some information to the task force and with that information he was able to get the warrant for the arrest."
It's days like this that make Chief Deputy Matthews love his job.
"It makes the job worth while," said Matthews. "A lot of times it's a monotonous day in, day out, same thing, same time, different things. But something like this, out of the norm, makes it worth it."
Hebert is charged for armed robbery and is in the Lafayette Parish jail on a $100,000 bond.
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