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Heist probe centers on get-away car

April 17, 2003

Albany-- The investigation into Monday's violent bank robbery in Albany is centering now on the get-away car.

A man, wearing a bulletproof vest, fired his assault rifle while robbing the Bank of America at Dawson Road and Slappey Boulevard. Now investigators hope evidence found in the get away car can lead them to the bank robber.

Can a 1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic with Kansas license plates be the key to catching the man who stuck up the Bank? It is the car the robber fled the bank in. He left it at Greenvale Boulevard and Baldwin Road.

Lt. James Williams of the Albany Police Department said "We believe that car has been seen in this area." Kansas police say the car was not reported stolen, and are trying to find out how it ended up in Albany.

Inside the car, cigarettes, candy wrapers, pizza coupons litter the front seat. In the back, chip bags and more litter. Investigators say they found some physical evidence that might help identify the robber.

Lt. Williams said "We believe that someone knows this individual and has seen that car. We ask them to call."

Witnesses saw the bank robber abandon this car, then get into a Blue Mercury being driven by another black man, and drive away. Investigators think the bank robbers are experienced, and could strike again.

Lt. Williams said "We are beefing up patrols in the businesses and the banks in this area. We've notified other cities as well. Maybe we'll get lucky." The robber is described as a black man, 5-foot-10 inches tall, and stocky, about 230 to 250 pounds. A reward is being offered for information.

Call the Albany Police Department of the FBI. Investigators are comparing evidence in this robbery and surveillance tapes to other bank robberies around the nation.

posted at 5:40PM by dave.miller@walb.com