Woman sought in Henry bank robbery

By Jason A. Smith


Locust Grove Police on Friday were searching for a female suspect in connection with the robbery of a local bank.

Authorities described the woman as African American, 22 to 27 years old, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, and weighing 125 pounds.

Police said the robbery took place Thursday at 2:34 p.m., at the First State Bank at 4979 Bill Gardner Parkway. According to Locust Grove Police Chief Jesse Patton, an unarmed woman walked into the bank, and presented a note to a teller.

"The note said something to the effect of, 'Do not call the police and do not call 911, or I will blow up this place and your house,'" said Patton.

The note, Patton said, also contained a demand for all of the cash in the teller's drawer, including small bills. The teller put the money into a paper bag along with a dye pack, Patton said, and the suspect left the bank and got into a silver PT Cruiser.

Police believe the woman may be displaying clues which could link her to the alleged crime.

"Apparently when she got in ... the dye pack activated and she threw the bag out of the vehicle," Patton said. "She very possibly has red ink on her and in the car."

Patton said two customers and approximately six employees were in the bank at the time of the robbery. No injuries were reported following the incident.

The police department has obtained video surveillance footage of the suspect.

According to police, the woman was seen wearing black, spandex pants, a black-and-white tank top, silver flip flops, wire-frame glasses and possibly, a wig.

The suspect's vehicle displayed damage to its right rear hubcap, according to a written statement issued by the police department Friday.

Managers at the bank could not be reached for comment on the case. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Detective Ken Wilson at (404) 472-4995, or e-mail kwilson@locustgrove-ga.gov.