Thursday, June 17, 2010
Masked duo holds up bank
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County law enforcement is offering a $5,000 reward for information on two recent bank holdups and the robbery of Ed’s Pawn Shop in Watson about a month ago, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Authorities are searching for a black male and a black female, suspects in last Thursday’s armed robbery of the Barton Branch of Citizens Bank. The holdup of Citizens is the second hit on a bank in three weeks in Marshall County. Three suspects burst into the Slayden Branch of the Bank of Holly Springs May 19, taking a large amount of cash, Dickerson said. No suspects have been identified in either of these two bank holdups or in the pawn shop break-in.
Robbers stormed into the Barton Branch around 10:06 a.m. June 10 wearing masks and flashing handguns, he said. They threatened cashiers, and took a large amount of cash in the span of about two and a half minutes, according to the sheriff.
The robbers sped away in a silver or grey late-model car. Both suspects wore horror-film, actor-type masks. Witnesses said the robbers fled south on Highway 309 to Highway 302 (Goodman Road) and then west, turning north onto Center Hill Road and on into Shelby County, Tenn.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, and Federal Bureau of Investigation are assisting Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigators in the search for suspects connected with last week’s robbery at Barton.
Anyone who has any information that may shed light on either of the two bank robberies or the robbery of Ed’s Pawn Shop is asked to call Marshall County Crime Stoppers (800-729-2169) or Kelly McMillen at the sheriff’s office (662-252-1311).
All information will be kept in strict confidence and if tips lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for these crimes, a reward of $5,000 will be paid to the caller. Callers do not have to identify themselves when leaving tips with authorities and can remain anonymous.
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