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Details emerge in robbery of Hephzibah bank

Saturday, March 29, 2014 6:31 PM
Last updated Sunday, March 30, 2014 1:42 AM
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More details have emerged in the Friday afternoon robbery of a Hephzibah bank, but police said Saturday that they’re still looking for the suspect.

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According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, an unknown black man entered Southern Bank at 2455 Highway 88 at 3:04 p.m., stating he “wanted the money.”

Southern Bank Branch Manager Janet McClellan told deputies that the man went to a teller’s window, scaled the counter and shoved the teller back. He then began to place the cash from her drawer inside his coat.

McClellan said the suspect then went to another teller’s window and removed more cash, stuffing the loot into his pockets.

The suspect left the bank through the front door, dropping money on the ground on his way toward Saxon Road, where he was seen entering a gold 2000 Honda Accord. He was last seen driving eastbound on Highway 88, according to the report.

Witnesses at the scene told police they did not see a weapon a the time of the robbery.

The suspect is described as 5 foot, 7 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black cloth mask, blue gloves, a black hooded sweater and blue jeans.

The bank has been robbed numerous times, but most recently on Oct. 28, 2013.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/29/14 - 08:41 pm
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Bank robber

Now the bank should hire a 'shooting' guard - be it a County officer or an individual that can qualify for such a position. I feel sorry for the employees and the manager too - but the ones that 'rule the roost' decide what the banks do should honestly think of protecting their bank, their employees and their money, or does the insurance company come into the picture? Still-----!!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/29/14 - 10:32 pm
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Dye Pack?

Didn't the previous story say that the teller put a dye pack in the bag for the robber and the dye pack exploded?

Dye Pack

Something is fishy here. Is the teller in on the take?

raul
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raul 03/30/14 - 01:08 am
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Was the getaway car stolen?

Was the getaway car stolen? If not, who was it registered to?

corgimom
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corgimom 03/30/14 - 07:21 am
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TrulyWorried, the banks don't

TrulyWorried, the banks don't do that because it's not worth risking some innocent person's life for money- and that includes the guard's life.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/30/14 - 08:28 am
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Wait...

He robbed a bank in HEPHZIBAH???
That's not where the money is, Holmes.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/30/14 - 10:42 am
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No guards at banks

You may be right, Corgi - money can be replaced - humans not - but maybe the robbers are already familiar with that and don't have to worry about getting shot when they do hold up a bank. Can't win for losing.
A nice Sunday to you and everyone!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/30/14 - 12:17 pm
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I think the public interest

I think the public interest outweighs the risk. Start killing a few of these cretins and armed robbery rates will drop like a stone.

Just the presence of armed security would have prevented this one, and I daresay, 99% of the others. The take has to be mighty big for someone to risk their life over it.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/31/14 - 11:05 am
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WHY? because Banks are safer to rob than stores

The FBI's annual report on bank robberies shows that the feds recovered only a small portion of stolen loot and identified just 40 percent of the perpetrators in the 6,700 bank heists last year.

Of the $61.6 million in cash stolen, only about 19 percent - $8.9 million - was recovered. Although the report does not reveal the arrest rate, it does show that just 3,342 of the 8,393 crooks known to be involved in the robberies were identified. Of those identified, 43 percent were determined to be narcotics users and 19 percent had previously been convicted of a bank-related crime.

BTW: The South leads the way with 2,100 bank robberies in 2010.

Data from 2010
Avg take in a bank robbery $7,500
Avg Take in a Store robbery $769

Both get you 5 to 10 years.

ODDS of getting shot dramatically increase with Store robberies.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/31/14 - 07:16 pm
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He just
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needed the money to purchase a computer and on-line service to register his friend and relatives ( dead and alive) to vote.

rebellious
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rebellious 03/31/14 - 09:29 pm
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No Inside Job

here! At Southern Bank, all of the tellers are long time employees. It is very similar to the Mayberry Bank and Trust, if you know what I mean. But being robbed twice in 6 months......seems like someone should have learned something in regards to security.

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