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'Grandpa bandit' a Covington man
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The "Grandpa Bandit" who allegedly robbed the First Georgia Community Bank in September has been identified as Bobby Joe Phillips.

According to an official release by the FBI, Phillips, 69, of Covington, reportedly robbed three other banks in Georgia and Tennessee. The Covington bank was reportedly the first stop of Phillips crime spree, which continued with a robbery of The First Tennessee Bank in Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 1, and again on Oct. 12; the Sun Trust Bank in Suwanee on Oct. 24; and Tennessee Members First Federal Credit Union in Knoxville on Nov. 1

A warrant was issued for Phillips arrest Friday from the Knoxville branch of the FBI.

In each of the robberies, Phillips allegedly presented a note to the teller demanding money.

The FBI described Phillips as being about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and about 170 pounds. He has gray hair, blue eyes and wears glasses. He also has tattoos on his forearms and is believed to be driving a red, 2003 Chevrolet S-10 truck.

The First Georgia Community Bank was robbed for a second time Monday afternoon, but Phillips is not suspected in the case.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the FBI at (865) 544-0751 or the Covington Police Department at (770) 786-7605. Tips may also be given anonymously at on their Web site at