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June 12, 2007

Mitchell County  --  The Mitchell County Sheriff's office arrested the man they says is responsible for the June 6th robbery of the Baker County Bank in Newton. 

Deputies arrested 47-year-old Walter Burns at his Mitchell County home yesterday afternoon. The GBI says deputies approached the Pine Cliff Road home and arrested Burns without incident.

They took him to the jail in Camilla. They did not find any stolen money or a weapon at the time of the arrest.

After bank surveillance video was analyzed, law men thought he was familiar, and concluded that he was a man known to authorities, and they immediately put out an alert for Walter Burns, who worked as a farm hand, and had a Camilla address.

The GBI says Burns walked into the bank around 10:30 that Wednesday morning, and told everyone to stay in the back of the building for two hours, or he would harm them and their families.

About twelve thirty, the employees saw law enforcement officials outside and let them into the bank.Law enforcement officials from Baker and surrounding counties, the GSP and the GBI surrounded the bank, not knowing if the robber was still inside or not. 

Numerous charges will be filed against Burns, who is said to have gotten away with a small amount of money.