Originally created 03/15/03

Man uses note to rob bank branch



For the second time this week, an Augusta bank was robbed by a man demanding money but showing no weapon.

"I need all of your 100, 50 and 20 dollar bills," read the note that a man presented at 9:15 a.m. Friday to a teller at the Wachovia Bank branch on Walton Way Extension, said Investigator Joann Nutter of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

It was the second bank robbery this week. But this time, there wasn't an immediate arrest, and the suspect remains at large.

"He was last seen (leaving the bank) on foot," Investigator Nutter said, noting that the man took an undisclosed amount of cash.

In a Tuesday robbery at Regions Bank on Broad Street, police say a man also presented a note to a teller without showing a weapon. Within 90 minutes of the robbery, police arrested Ray Anthony Harden, 39, on a charge of robbery by intimidation.

Friday's suspect was described as black, 6 feet tall, having a full beard and mustache and wearing a black jacket and ski cap. Police say that, unlike in Tuesday's bank robbery, Friday's suspect demanded money on his first visit to the bank.

"The one Tuesday went twice (before presenting a note)," Investigator Nutter said.

A reward for information leading to the arrest of Friday's suspect is being offered. Investigator Nutter said the Wachovia bank branch was closed Friday morning as investigators combed through evidence, but the branch was expected to reopen after investigators left.

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