Marine charged in Ga. bank robberies

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Madison County deputies and agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Mark Alexander Davis at Camp Lejeune - where he was stationed - in Jacksonville, N.C., on Thursday.

Mark Davis and GBI sketch  Morris News Service
Morris News Service
Mark Davis and GBI sketch


Davis faces two counts of armed robbery in connection with the heists at Colbert's First Citizens Bank on July 24 and Aug. 27 and is held at the Onslow County Jail in North Carolina.

"He's being held right now to face the extradition process," said Jim Fullington, special agent in charge of the GBI's Athens office.

Investigators found items linking Davis to the robberies during a search of his property at the Marine base, as well as a residence in Madison County where Davis occasionally stays, according to a GBI news release.

Law enforcement officials are not releasing details about what evidence they found or where Davis sometimes stayed in Madison County, Fullington said.

Davis likely will return to Madison County to face the armed robbery charges next week, said Madison County Sheriff Kip Thomas.

"The earliest would be Monday, but it'll probably be later than that," Thomas said.

Davis, a private first class, had been in the military for less than a year, Thomas said. Davis went through boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., and was training at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., about 140 miles west of where he was stationed at Camp Lejuene, when military police detained him in the bank robbery investigation, Thomas said.

A 20-year-old Marine from Hull has been arrested and charged with a pair of Colbert, Ga., bank robberies.

Davis was raised in the Madison County area and attended local schools through the ninth grade until he transferred to a school in Jackson County, Thomas said.

"I'm just glad we finally got him," he said.

Investigators received a tip about Davis after local media outlets published information about the bank robberies, bank surveillance photographs and a detailed sketch of the suspect, according to the GBI news release.

Madison County officials last week offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the two bank robberies.

In both heists, the robber pointed a handgun at tellers and demanded they fill his backpack with money.

In July, the robber wore sunglasses and a cap, while in the August's robbery he wore a skull mask.

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pommom38
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pommom38 09/11/10 - 11:13 am
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Wow! Obviously he learned

Wow! Obviously he learned nothing with the basic training and stuff. Bank robber, just wow.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/11/10 - 11:47 am
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"A 20-year-old Marine from

"A 20-year-old Marine from Hull has been arrested and charged with a pair of Colbert, Ga., bank robberies."

Why is this in the 8th paragraph? Is this sentence talking about someone else?

dvdbiggs
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dvdbiggs 09/11/10 - 07:29 pm
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Totally confused with the

Totally confused with the statement thrown in about another Marine bank robber. Is this the same man or another man, and what did it have to do with the current article?

Taylor B
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Taylor B 09/11/10 - 02:46 pm
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Now THAT is a good sketch.

Now THAT is a good sketch.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 09/11/10 - 04:00 pm
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I'm with corgimom and

I'm with corgimom and dvdbiggs, I also got lost reading the article. Come on Mr. Morris help your folks learn to sting sentences together to make a story.. I bet Ms. France used too much copy and paste.

overaugusta
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overaugusta 09/11/10 - 04:37 pm
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crack dealers working for

crack dealers working for your city and bank robbers for your govt. nice

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/11/10 - 09:12 pm
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I agree with corgi, dvd, and

I agree with corgi, dvd, and sweet. It has become so apparent NO one there cares about the quality of their work.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/11/10 - 09:19 pm
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As far as the soldiers go, it

As far as the soldiers go, it is no surprise. They let in gang members, known criminals and all kinds of other immoral people into the armed forces in times of shortages of troops. A real disservice to the real honorable men and women that deserve our utmost respect who fight for their country with morals and pride. There are bad apples in every field, but especially when there gets to be a shortage.

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flipa 09/11/10 - 09:39 pm
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If they would do more

If they would do more sketches that well there would be a LOT less criminals running around.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 09/11/10 - 10:15 pm
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As a former Marine... Semper

As a former Marine... Semper Finance...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/12/10 - 09:31 am
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What a shame....a

What a shame....a Marine....someone I know & love will get out of federal prison this year..He made the same mistake..thought he could rob a bank in SC & then calmly ride back to his house in Augusta.....with police trailing on his tail. Mental breakdowns sometimes cause crazy decisions. Then they pay dearly for it for the rest of their life. May I suggest Mr. Hawk....if you need him.

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kayleejohnston 12/22/10 - 07:31 pm
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Just because people make

Just because people make mistakes, doesn't make them bad people. I've personally known Alex--very well- for years. I even attended his boot camp graduation. This boy is not immoral, nor is he a thug or a lowlife or anything else that you may call him. You don't know him- how sweet and smart he is, or how silly he can be, or that he is an amazing big brother and friend, or how he was a very respectable third-generation Marine who really intended to be somebody, or even what a rough time he and his family have been going through and that maybe he was desperate to change things--none of you know him at all. So before you go and judge someone who you've NEVER even met, why don't you just shut your mouth and open your mind? People do stupid things in times of desperation and whatever you have to say isn't going to change what happened or make anything better, so you should all think twice before you the things that you do.

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