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Bank robbery suspect was paroled for another robbery

Joe Wayne Galipp // Harlingen PD

Joe Wayne Galipp is behind bars for robbing a bank in Harlingen.

The 49-year-old man is accused of robbing the Bank of America in downtown Harlingen early Monday afternoon.

Caught just blocks away from the scene of the crime, Galipp is facing a second-degree felony charge.

But Action 4 News has learned that he TMs no stranger to the law.

Court records show a criminal history in East Texas communities such as Henderson County, Kaufman County, Athens and Mount Pleasant going back to 1986.

Among the charges are DWI, driving with a license suspended, criminal trespass and burglary.

But authorities also arrested Galipp for a robbery in Cameron County back in March 2003.

Details about that case were not immediately available but records show that a judge sentenced him to 10 years in state prison.

Court records show that Galipp was paroled back in February 2011 and moved back to Cameron County.

Prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his parole a few months later.

Galipp is expected to appear before a Harlingen Municipal Court judge on Tuesday morning.

Authorities will then decide if he will face federal bank robbery charges.

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