ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Authorities in Georgia are searching for a man they believe robbed two banks Thursday morning, and is connected to several bank robberies in Virginia.
Wayne Maurice Byrd is wanted as a person of interest in connection to the robberies. Officials believed early that he has been working with his son, who was not named, to rob banks.
Thursday afternoon, Cordele Police said that the person of interest is Wayne Maurice Byrd, 61. CPD said he is the same person suspected of robbing the Colony Bank in Turner County, as well as other banks in several states.
They say a calm actions by the bank teller, providing us vital information, and the rapid response of the officers into the area, led to the recovery of all the money taken from Regions Bank.
Multiple agencies believe the pair are responsible for three bank robberies in Spotsylvania and Stafford, VA on September 30, as well as two more bank robberies in the same area on November 3.
Byrd is described as a 61-year-old black man, between 5'5" and 5'10", and wearing a tan hat with a gray beard.
Officials said the two rented a 2014 black Chrysler LX sedan on October 31 in Virginia.
According to police, around 9:00 a.m., a man approached a deposit desk inside the Regions Bank in Cordele, GA with a note, and demanded money. They said he did not show a weapon.
Officials said he ran away from the bank with about $2,200, but dropped the cash just a few blocks away when dye packs concealed with the money exploded.
Cordele Police said they believe they have recovered all of the money from the Regions Bank.
It was just 30 minutes later, a man with a similar description robbed the Colony Bank on Washington Avenue in Ashburn, GA.
Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester said a man walked in and handed a teller a note demanding money, and threatening violence. He said the suspect did not show a weapon.
He got away with an unknown amount of cash. Surveillance video from the Ashburn robbery showed a suspect wearing a striped polo shirt, a hoodie sweatshirt, sunglasses, and a drivers cap.
Authorities believe the suspect in the Georgia robberies is driving a black Chrysler 200 with a Georgia tag # PHN6242. They confirmed it is a rental car that was reported stolen.
Wayne Byrd has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1970. An 1991 article from the Baltimore Sun says Byrd escaped from the Baltimore City Jail while he was serving time for committing bank robberies. After he escaped he robbed another bank.
Anyone with information about these robberies is urged to call police at (229) 276-2921, Ashburn Police at (229) 567-2323, or the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office at (540) 582-7115.