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Good pictures should help catch bank robber

(Source: APD) (Source: APD)
(Source: APD) (Source: APD)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Police are combing the city in search of that bank robber who stuck up the bank this morning.  He held up the Suntrust branch on Gillionville Road around 9:45 this morning.

While this suspect passed a note the teller said he made gestures which made her believe that he had a gun, police wasted little time in getting surveillance of the robber which they hope will lead to his identity and his arrest.

He may have been wearing a hoodie, but he couldn't hide his face. Surveillance pictures reveal the man behind the Friday morning robbery at this Suntrust Bank.

"Around 9:47 this morning, the suspect walked into the bank, passed a note to a teller. After that the teller complied and gave him an undetermined amount of cash," said APD's Phyllis banks Whitley.

With the cash in hand, the suspect took off running and police converged on the bank on Gillionville Road cordoning off the area with crime scene tape.

"Crime scene unit is collecting evidence and detectives are speaking with witnesses," said Whitley.

One of those witnesses, the teller who was handed the note, had reason to believe the robber had a gun.  "The suspect made gestures that caused her to believe that he had a weapon but right now we don't have any information regarding whether a weapon was used or the type of weapon used."

Police worked quickly to get the pictures out and hit the streets trying to get an ID on the man who appears to be in his early 20's and is likely from the area.

"We would hope that the community would be on the lookout for this individual. If they see anything or anyone fitting that description, we encourage them to either call Albany Police or CrimeStoppers.

Now the FBI was here this morning on the scene but this case will be handled by APD However, once this suspect is arrested he'll likely face Federal Charges as would anyone charged with robbing a bank.

As police fanned out to search for the bank robber, one public school was locked down, but a nearby Catholic school was not notified that a bank robber was in the area.

St. Teresa's Catholic School, just five blocks from the bank, was never contacted by police about the bank robbery.

But Merry Acres Middle School, which is actually farther from the robbery was locked down.

Law enforcers were told a man who looked like the suspect frequents the Brooks Plaza area on Broad Avenue and the plasma service just across the railroad tracks south of the bank, so patrols continued in that area.

Other officers patrolled other banks around the city, in case a gang struck another branch while police were at that Suntrust.

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