Wachovia on Wrightsboro robbed

He is not in custody yet, but police have no doubt they will catch a suspect in this morning’s bank robbery on Wrightsboro Road red-handed.

Police said the red dye pack was hidden in cash the robber had stolen and that it exploded in his pants as he ran from the scene.

The suspect had robbed the store shortly before 10 a.m.

Police believe he got into a 2005 black and gray Chevy Impala and drove away, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Rogers.

The holdup was the second of the morning. An employee of the Express Cash on 13th Street was robbed about 9:30 a.m. by a man with a gun.

The series of bank holdups in Richmond and Aiken counties has authorities taking measures.

“We’re doing what we need to do, but we hope that everyone is cognizant of the fact that robberies can happen anywhere,� Sheriff Ronnie Strength said. “People just need to take notice of their surroundings.�

The sheriff’s department also suspects several of the recent robberies might be connected to one man, Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Peebles said. Dubbed the “Scarecrow� because of his resemblance to the masked villain from the recent Batman movies, this one robber is believed to have committed at least three bank robberies since early February.

“We’re not saying they absolutely were committed by the same person but there is the strong possibility that at least a couple of them are connected,� Lt. Peebles said. So far, police do not believe that the “scarecrow� committed this morning’s bank robbery.

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