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Cordele bank teller helps police recover money in robbery

Sgt. Jeremy Taylor, Cordele Police Sgt. Jeremy Taylor, Cordele Police
Sherif Billy Hancock, Crisp County Sheriff Sherif Billy Hancock, Crisp County Sheriff
CORDELE, GA (WALB) - Cordele Police are thanking a bank teller for her quick thinking in Thursday's bank robbery.

"She kept a level head and she didn't panic,” said Sgt. Jeremy Taylor, Cordele Police.

Cordele police say a Regions Bank teller helped them recover thousands of dollars right after a robbery yesterday.

"She was able to tell us exactly every step he took right up to him leading to her teller station,” said Sgt. Jeremy Taylor.

Police found $2200 two blocks away from the bank. The suspected robber, Wayne Byrd, was arrested Friday in Florida. Police say he dropped the money when dye packs the teller put in the bag with it exploded.

"She gave him exactly what he wanted, we've always told them you don't resist, the money ain't worth it,” said Sgt. Taylor. “Go ahead and give them the money. She did exactly what he told her to do, but she was able to put the dye pack in with the money."

Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock says bank tellers go through annual training on how to handle a robbery.

"They teach them everything they can about remaining calm, about recognizing their victim so that they can give us a better description after there's been a robbery,” said Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock.

He says its important tellers greet people as they come in and make eye contact.

" You're going to be less likely to go up and present yourself as a robber because now you've been identified or you feel like you've been identified, you feel like you've been singled out,” said Sheriff Hancock.

Police say the teller was also able to provide a good description of Byrd's clothing and facial features. Regions Bank is back in business and they now have a temporary security guard at the front door.

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