Originally created 12/06/01

Police seek suspect in bank robberies



Authorities are searching for a Hephzibah man in connection with the robbery of a bank in Richmond County on Friday and another in Columbia County on Monday.

Gerod M. Carter, 34, of the 2500 block of Spirit Creek Road, is a suspect in the robbery of the SouthTrust Bank on Peach Orchard Road, according to a news release from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

A man walked into the bank branch about 11 a.m. Friday, waited in line and then told the teller he wanted only $100 bills. He passed her a note with the same demand. After the teller complied, he walked out.

Mr. Carter also is a suspect in the Monday robbery of the First Union bank at Washington and Davis roads, said Capt. Steve Morris, of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

The branch was robbed about 2:30 p.m. Monday. Witnesses said a black man wearing a denim shirt, a green hat and plastic-framed glasses entered the bank and demanded money.

A bundle of money containing $20 and $100 bills was handed over, but moments after the man left the bank's rear door, a dye pack exploded, and the man dropped the money.

The robber was seen driving a red Ford pickup from the SouthTrust Bank branch that fit the description of a 1970s black-and-red Ford used in the First Union robbery, police said.

Mr. Carter is described as 6 feet tall with medium build. He might be driving a red 1980 Ford F-100 pickup with a black stripe and black tailgate.

Anyone with information about Mr. Carter is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at 541-2800 or the FBI in Augusta at 722-3702.

Albert Ross at (706) 823-3339 or albert.ross@augustachronicle.com.