Thursday, December 8, 2011
Bank robbers still at large
By SUE WATSON
The armed robbery of the Abbeville Branch of the Bank of Holly Springs, Tuesday of last week, has garnered lots of interagency support to seek suspects, according to Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
He said Lafayette County authorities asked for assistance soon after a BOLO (be on the look out) was dispatched by Marshall County 911 around 8:20 a.m. November 29.
Three suspects are being sought in the holdup, two who were seen at the bank and a third who likely drove a getaway vehicle, he said.
Dickerson and his investigators, Jimmy Warren and Kelly McMillen, went to the Abbeville Bank to direct patrolling officers and provide updates while deputies patrolled the roads.
One suspect is believed to have hidden behind a garbage dumpster and a second suspect on foot on the southeast side of the bank ran behind a bank employee as she opened a door. A number of bank employees were already inside the bank when the suspect, who was wearing a mask and gloves, demanded money be placed in a black garbage bag. Employees saw the second suspect outside the drive-through window while the armed gunman demanded money, Dickerson said.
After taking a large amount of currency, the armed suspect exited the bank and the two suspects commandeered one of the employee’s small red car and left the area, he said. The car was found about a mile east of Abbeville.
“It appeared another vehicle was at that spot waiting for the suspects,” the sheriff said. “They abandoned the vehicle shortly after the robbery.”
Dickerson asked for anyone who has information that could be helpful in identifying the suspects to call the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office at 662-252-1311 and ask to speak confidentially with McMillen. Callers may ask to remain anonymous when providing tips, he said.
Marshall County deputies are continuing to do surveillance on roads near the Lafayette/Marshall County line, he said.
In other news, investigators are also looking for suspects in several burglaries and in the theft of a Massey Ferguson 4253 model tractor, red in color, that is equipped with a front-end loader and a bush hog in the rear.
The tractor was driven from behind a residence in the 4600 block of Smith Grove Road, and witnesses saw it along Chulahoma Road and then it went west on Marianna Road, the sheriff said.
In the case of burglaries that took place in the Victoria/Byhalia/Red Banks area, flat-screen televisions, guns and some jewelry were taken, Dickerson said.
He requests anyone who thinks they have information helpful in identifying suspects to call the number above to speak directly with an investigator or to call Crime Stoppers at 800-729-2169 to leave an anonymous tip.
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