WALB photo helps lead to bank robbery suspect's arrest

WALB photo helps lead to bank robbery suspect's arrest
Mitchell County deputies found the car abandoned on U.S. 19 near Camilla. (Source: WALB)
Mitchell County deputies found the car abandoned on U.S. 19 near Camilla. (Source: WALB)
The Mitchell County Sheriff's Office said a photo of a bank robbery suspect shown on WALB News 10 earlier this week helped lead to his arrest. (Source: WALB)
The Mitchell County Sheriff's Office said a photo of a bank robbery suspect shown on WALB News 10 earlier this week helped lead to his arrest. (Source: WALB)

MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) - The Mitchell County Sheriff's Office said a photo of a bank robbery suspect shown on WALB News 10 earlier this week helped lead to his arrest.

Mitchell County deputies found a car abandoned on U.S. 19 near Camilla and found it was wanted in a missing person report on Luis A. Mellado-Sanchez of Tampa, Florida.

"He just said that he and his girlfriend had had some issues and that the girlfriend broke off the relationship and he was so distraught, he thought about killing himself and just got in the car and started driving," said Robert Rumble with the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office.

Several people in the sheriff's office noticed that Sanchez, in the missing person photo, looked a lot like the bank robber from the surveillance video shown on WALB.

"The father said he located his son in Thomasville," said Rumble

The sheriff's office then brought Sanchez in for an interview.

"After the interview, I contacted Albany Police Department and advised them that he was a possible suspect in their robbery," explained Rumble.

Albany police arrested Sanchez for the robbery after conducting their own interview with him.

Sanchez did tell the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office he left his car in Camilla so people wouldn't know he was in Albany at the time of the robbery.

Investigators think he hitchhiked to Albany to rob the bank.

Sanchez is now being held in federal custody.

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