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Second Augusta bank robbed in 2 days

Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 2:14 PM
Last updated Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 2:40 AM
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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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TrulyWorried 10/12/12 - 02:49 pm
Bank robbers

One was caught - that is fantastic - kudos to our RC law enforcement. Today another criminal gives it a try - he's had tries before, was in jail -has not learned his lesson. He was sentenced to 9 years without parole in 1997 - yet in 2005 he robbed another bank in Thomson, he should have been in jail until 2006. Did they just let him go after the 2005 robbery? Something does not add up here - or am I weak in math?

OpenCurtain 10/12/12 - 06:14 pm
Simple suggestion

Create an entrance only side and exit only side.

On the exit side install bulletproof Plexiglass
Use a dead-man cage concept.
One door does not open until the other one is closed for 2+ seconds.

Press a button and whoever is between doors stays there for the police.

Either that, or use the very effective flash roll up curtains at the teller location, like I saw demonstrated in London at a Security Conf. example

seenitB4 10/13/12 - 06:57 am

I like that idea....

OpenCurtain 10/13/12 - 08:46 am
The point is

there are viable solutions to the problem. I have seen solutions ranging from $500 to $100K. It just depends on the banks bean counters and what their acceptable loss to income ratio is defined at. Even at 2 robberies a year it is cheaper for them to hand over the cash than install a deterrent solution.

Likely in the Tobacco Rd. branch robber got between $2.5k and $5k from any one teller.

If he did not get into the teller safe, the one that holds the teller drawers and replenishment cash.

Then he swapped 10 years of his life for at best $500 a year.

Now there is a deterrent sign if ever one should be made.
"Bank Robbery's average less than $5,000.
Is your life worth $500 a years for years in prison?"

FACT: Most bank crimes happened on Friday, and robbers tended to get their best work done in the morning. Regardless of the day, most bank crimes happened between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

HINT: "Plain Cloths LEO Specials"

Riverman1 10/13/12 - 01:07 pm
Are we getting close to a

Are we getting close to a record with per capita bank robberies? How many bank robberies has Augusta had in the last 12 months?

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