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GBI: Bank robbery device was not a bomb, suspect search persists

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A member of the GBI Bomb Squad walks near the scene of the robbery. A member of the GBI Bomb Squad walks near the scene of the robbery.
Crime scene tape blocks the entire lot of the bank in Alapaha. Crime scene tape blocks the entire lot of the bank in Alapaha.
Officials found what they believe to be a getaway car approximately 3 miles away. Officials found what they believe to be a getaway car approximately 3 miles away.
Police monitor the scene from across the street. Police monitor the scene from across the street.
ALAPAHA, GA (WALB) -

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed a package that two suspects brought into a bank during a robbery in Alapaha was not a bomb. Meanwhile, the duo remains on the loose.

"You can presume right now that they are armed and dangerous still," said Alapaha Police Chief Joshua Jones. "We are going to do everything we can to find them."

Alapaha native Cathy Harrell's sister was in the bank during the robbery.

"My sister was coming in the bank and they grabbed her and pushed her on in there, she was kind of scared and they were all upset." Harrell said. ""It's kind of scary."

The robbery happened at the Bank of Alapaha on Railroad Street Friday morning. The GBI Bomb Disposal Unit initially sent a robot into the bank to further investigate the package, that the suspects claimed was a bomb.

Officials are also examining what they believe to be a getaway car. The vehicle was found approximately 3 miles away engulfed in flames on St. Luke Church Road.

"It just seems pretty coordinated," said Alapaha Police Chief Joshua Jones. "The time of the day they hit the bank and how they fled the scene and the burning of the car."

Authorities said at least two people were involved in the robbery. There was no immediate word on how much money was taken.

Officials said one of the two suspects had a shotgun, but no one was hurt.

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