Armored car guards were robbed by masked gunmen in downtown Winder on Tuesday as the guards went to service a bank’s ATM.
The robbery reportedly happened behind the Bank of America at 102 N. Broad St. just before 8 a.m.
Police said two gunmen jumped out from some bushes near the truck as two guards pulled up in the Dunbar armored car to service the bank’s drive-up ATM with money.
The truck’s driver was servicing the machine when two masked men attacked and robbed the guards, Winder police Capt. Chris Cooper said. As they ran, the suspects fired two shots, he said.
The gunmen got away off with an undisclosed amount of cash and the guard’s gun, which police said they later recovered.
Police said they responded within three minutes of a hold-up alarm, but the gunmen had already run away. The guard’s weapon was located in a yard close to where the ATM is located, Cooper said.
Authorities said the suspects ran in the direction of nearby schools, causing officials to place the schools on soft lockdown while police searched the area.
Schools placed on lockdown were Winder-Barrow High School, Winder Elementary School, Russell Middle School, Winder Elementary School and the Center for Innovative Teaching.
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