Second Augusta bank robbed in 2 days

Richmond County investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man connected to a bank robbery Friday morning.


Just before 10:30 a.m., investigators were called to the Queensborough Bank at 2550 Tobacco Road.

They were told a man in a black hooded sweatshirt and carpenter-style blue jeans had approached the tellers and handed them a note, Sgt. Dan Carrier said in an e-mail.

The content of the note was not released.

After receiving the cash, the robber ran across Tobacco Road onto Gibraltar Drive.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080. Information will be kept confidential.

It was the second bank robbery of the week. It was also the second robbery at that branch this year.

On Feb. 8, a man robbed the bank and ran away.

Police dogs tracked him to a neighborhood across the street but never found the robber.

Authorities believe he might have had a getaway vehicle waiting for him.

On Thursday, SunTrust at 1631 Gordon Highway also was robbed. The suspect, 42-year-old Eddie Adonis Garnett, was arrested soon afterward.

According to Augusta Chronicle archives, Garnett has been arrested before in connection with bank robberies.

He is a suspect in a Morrow, Ga., bank robbery and was wanted in connection with violating his federal probation from previous bank robberies.

In 1997, Garnett pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to three counts of bank
robbery from banks in Augusta, Martinez and Thomson. Garnett was sentenced to nine years without parole for taking more than $42,000.

In 2005, Garnett was arrested in McDuffie County after a Thomson bank was robbed.

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