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Code enforcement officer helps nab robbery suspects

By Michael Davis

mdavis@news-daily.com

A Clayton County code enforcement officer, listening to police radio traffic, helped authorities track down two men wanted after a bank robbery Monday afternoon, police said.

A man reportedly held up the Bank of America on the corner of Tara Boulevard and Ga. Highway 138 around 2:30 p.m., Monday, Clayton County Police Officer Otis Willis, III, said. Willis said the man passed a teller a note written on a bank deposit slip.

"In the note, it mentioned he had a gun and he would shoot, and he wanted $50,000," Willis said.

The teller reportedly gave the man about $1,200 before he fled the bank and got into a white Cadillac, with another man, waiting in the parking lot, Willis said. He said a bank security guard reported a partial tag number to police.

A code enforcement officer listening to police radio spotted the Cadillac, Willis said, and followed the vehicle while reporting its location to police. Willis said a police patrol car caught up with the vehicle and stopped it near the intersection of Valley Hill Road and Upper Riverdale Road.

Willis said no weapon was seen during the alleged robbery, and none was recovered when the men were apprehended. The money was recovered, he said. Neither man was immediately identified by police, and no charges had been filed by late Monday afternoon.

The identity of the code enforcement officer also was not immediately released.