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July 20, 2006

Thomasville-  South Georgia bank tellers have a little extra duty these days.  They are on the lookout for a serial robber.  Composite sketches of the man who's held up three banks so far are now posted inside banks, and tellers have orders on what to do if he walks into their building. 

Banks in Tifton, Cordele and Moultrie have been robbed sine June 5th and police say the same man did it. In all three holdups, he's caught on surveillance video. They think he'll strike again. So banks in Thomasville are ready in case he shows up.

"If we have the potential for a crime, we're going to jump on it, and we're going to do everything we can to prevent that crime and that's what we're doing in this case," said Sgt. Rachelle Denmark, Thomasville Police.

Detectives visited each bank in the Rose City, informing managers and tellers of the potential danger.

"Taking a proactive stance to these bank robberies that are happening in Moultrie, Tifton and Cordele, which is all around us, we want to make sure our people here know what to look for," said Denmark. 

They're passing out this flyer, it's surveillance pictures of the suspect in action.  Wednesday, Tifton Police released this sketch, a closer look at the suspects face. Some banks were unaware they're being targeted.

"There was a variety of responses, some knew about it some didn't but they're of course grateful for the information. If you knew you were a potential crime victim, you'd want to know what the suspect looked like," said Denmark.

Police hope the sketches might prompt someone in the community to come forward and give banks some advance warning. The pictures also send a message to the suspect.

"We don't want him here, we don't want anybody here robbing our banks or financial institutions. So, the more knowledge we have the more that we can do to prevent that," said Denmark. 

Knowledge that will hopefully make them more aware before they become a potential target.  

The robber hits on Monday or Tuesday usually between 3 and four in the afternoon.

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