Athens police continue investigation of bank robbery

A surveillance image of a suspected robber taken from the Bank of America of American on Gaines School Road in Athens. (Contributed)

Athens-Clarke County police may be zeroing in on a suspect in the robbery of an eastside bank on Tuesday.

 

After publicly releasing an image of the suspect from surveillance video footage of the robbery, police asked for help in identifying him.

“We have received multiple tips from callers and we are following up on those tips,” police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said Friday. “We are looking into this person possibly being involved in other incidents outside of Athens.”

The police spokesman would not discuss that avenue of investigation.

“We are still actively looking for this person, so we don’t want to compromise this case by saying what else we believe he may or may not be involved in.” Rodriguez said.

The Athens bank robbery occurred at about 2:30 pm Tuesday at the Bank of America at 1070 Gaines School Road.

No one in the bank saw whether the robber had a weapon, police said, but he claimed to a teller that he was armed. The teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of cash and the man left, police said

Police urge anyone who knows the man in the bank photograph, or has information about the robbery, to contact Sgt. David Norris at (706) 613-3888, ext. 556.

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