December 2, 2010
Fifth bank robbery suspect in custody
A final bank robbery suspect was arrested last week and charged with one of two heists earlier this year.
Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said Brian Gerrard Gilliland, 20, of the 4000 block of Katherine Lane, Memphis, Tenn., was arrested by U.S. Marshals affiliated with the Gulf Coast Regional Task Force Monday, Nov. 22. He is charged with armed robbery of the Citizens Bank of Barton June 10.
The arrest of Gilliland brings a total of five suspects arrested in connection with the hold-up of one or two banks earlier this year. The Bank of Holly Springs’ Slayden Branch was robbed on May 19.
All five bank robbery suspects were transported Tuesday to Oxford, according to the sheriff’s department, and turned over to U.S. Marshals for processing through federal court.
Dickerson said four suspects are charged with the armed robbery of the Slayden Bank – Marcus Westbrook, 23, of the 5200 block of East Point Cove, Memphis, Tenn.; William Henry Albright, 20, of the 4000 block of Summer View, Memphis; and Starlet Kizer, 22, and Angela Bryson Miller, 44, both of the 7000 block of Birdwood Drive, Memphis.
Three suspects – Kizer, Miller and Gilliland – are charged with the armed robbery of the Citizens Bank at Barton.
None of the money taken from the two banks has been recovered, Dickerson said.
Two guns and two automobiles thought to have been used in the robberies were recovered from a Shelby County, Tenn., residence when search warrants were served.
Dickerson praised the investigative team of the Marshall County Sheriff’s office led by Maj. Kelly McMillen, and officers with the Shelby County Swat Team, the Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals office for the diligent investigation leading to the arrest of the five suspects.
Tips from Crime Stoppers were helpful in identifying all five suspects, he said.
As the holiday season gets into full swing, Dickerson urged residents to pay attention to any unusual activities in neighborhoods. The economy is low and thieves take advantage of the holiday and hunting seasons to burglarize homes and to steal four-wheelers and other items. It is a good idea to park ATVs and other vehicles behind the home or lock them in a shed out of sight, he said, as many holiday thieves look for easy pickings of vehicles left in plain sight in front or side yards.
The sheriff also urges the public to be wary of mail scams where a check is sent to the addressee in the mail and the person is encouraged to cash it and send part of the money to the scammer.
Citizens should also be wary of anyone calling, sending an e-mail, or using any means to attempt to obtain personal information such as bank account numbers Social Security numbers, etc.
Banks and businesses do not typically ask for personal identifying information over the telephone or Internet, Dickerson said.
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