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GBI ID's Newton robber

June 8, 2007

Sylvester - Agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say they have identified the man who held up the bank in Newton two days ago.

They tell us he is Walter Burns, age 47. He is a black man, six-feet two inches tall, and weighs 278 pounds. Burns is a farm worker, whose last known address was in Camilla.

Witnesses told us Wednesday that a man entered the Bank of Baker County and told bank workers that he was going to rob it, and told them to go to the back.  He told them not to tell police or he would do harm to their family members.

Bank customers continued to come into the bank and found no one working, and that is when police were notified that something was not right. Law enforcement officials from Baker and surrounding counties, the GSP and the GBI surrounded the bank, not knowing at the time if the robber was still inside or not.

Our Brent Solomon will have a new photo and more information on Burns in our evening news.

If you see Burns, please call 911 and report him.