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Posted: June 15, 2010 6:12 p.m.

Woman who attempted to rob bank caught

Would-be robber identified by good police work

A woman who attempted to rob the United Bank located in Newton Plaza on June 10 was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted robbery.

According to Lt. Wendell Wagstaff with the Covington Police Department, the identification of the would-be robber, 32-year-old Michelle Nicole Turner of Jackson, was due to hard work and strong detective skills, otherwise the case may have never been solved.

Around 11 a.m. June 10, a black female wearing a multi-colored Oxford shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses walked up to one of the tellers at the bank.

 "The female wrote out a piece of paper demanding money and the teller refused," said Wagstaff.

After the teller refused the suspect’s request, she simply walked out of the bank. Wagstaff said she apparently did not have a weapon. Bank employees then called law enforcement. Detectives and officers canvassed the area and found some discarded clothing and sunglasses in close proximity of the bank.

 

Officer Brian Capps went to a store close to the bank and found out that shortly before the robbery; Turner had purchased a wig from the store. She was then brought in for questioning. Detective Mike Tinsley investigated the case and between him and Capps, it was solved quickly.

 

“Because of their hard work we were able to make an arrest very quickly,” said Wagstaff. “It’s another good job done by our officers and our detectives. There was a lot involved and if that officer had not thought to check in the store, this case would still be under investigation.”

  

                                                                                    

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