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Jonesboro police looking for alleged bank robber

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

Police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a downtown Jonesboro bank this week, two blocks from the city's police headquarters.

Monday, at around 4 p.m., an unidentified man reportedly robbed the Wachovia Bank at 154 South Main St. Jonesboro Police, whose headquarters is located at 170 South Main St., responded to the incident, along with the Clayton County Police Department, which provided helicopter surveillance support.

Jonesboro Police Lt. Detective Victoria Wright said the suspect - who wore a black New York Knicks jacket, a black hood, and a black New York Yankees hat - initiated the alleged robbery by handing the teller a note. She said the exchange did not immediately alert others in the bank.

"He requested an undisclosed amount of money in the note and never said anything to her," said Wright. "He never brandished a weapon. [The theft] wasn't known until after it was done with. He didn't go in screaming or anything like that."

Wright said bank employees were not able to asses whether the suspect left on foot or by vehicle. Police searched the area Monday, but were unable to locate the suspect, she said.

Evelyn Mitchell, corporate communications manager for Wachovia, would not disclose any details about the robbery or how much money was stolen, but said Wachovia is working closely with local law enforcement officials to find the person responsible.

"As far as we know, he was by himself," said Wright. "He entered the bank by himself and left the bank by himself."

The suspect is a black male, approximately 170 pounds, and about 5 feet, 8 inches in height. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call Lt. Detective Wright at (678) 479-1825.