Another bank was struck by armed and wigged bandits today in what appears to be the eighth of a recent series of takeover-style armed bank robberies in the metro Atlanta area, the FBI announced. In reaction, Wells Fargo Bank has offered up to $25,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of these suspects.
On Wednesday, September 8, around noon, two black males wearing masks and brandishing handguns entered the Wachovia Bank branch located at 3520 Centerville Highway, Snellville.
Customers were forced to the floor and one suspect vaulted over the teller counter. During the robbery, one shot was fired into the bank's ceiling by one of the robbers. The robbers obtained an undisclosed amount of money and were seen departing in a Dodge Magnum, which was recovered nearby and determined to have been stolen from Cobb County several days prior.
While nobody was injured, a bank employee was transported to a nearby hospital for medical observation as a precaution.
As a result of today's robbery, Wells Fargo has authorized a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for these takeover robberies.
The robbers are described as follows:
Robber #1 is described as a black male, 20-30 years in age, 5'8"-5'10" tall
Robber #2 is described as a black male, 20-25 years in age, 6'0" tall
Prior similar area robberies include:
7/27/10 - Wachovia, Clairmont Rd, Atlanta/Dekalb County, GA. Two black males, wigs, guns, takeover-style, 10:44 a.m.
7/30/10 - Chase Bank, 5552 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA. Four males entered the bank, demanded money; two of the males were armed with pistols and a third was armed with an assault rifle; described as black males, wearing dark clothing and ski masks; ranged in height from 5'5" - 5'10" tall. 10:15 a.m.
8/16 /10 - Wachovia Bank, 3374 Holcomb Bridge Rd., (Holcomb Corners) Norcross, GA. Two black males, wearing wigs, displaying guns, takeover-style robbery. 10:20 a.m.
8/20/10 - Chase Bank, 1050 E. Piedmont Rd. (Piedmont Commons), Marietta, GA. Two black males, armed takeover-style robbery, wearing masks, no wigs. 1:11 p.m.
8/25/10 - Wachovia Bank, 1280 Dogwood Rd, Conyers, GA. Two black males, wearing wigs, displaying guns, takeover-style robbery. 10:43 a.m.
8/26/10 - BB&T, Covington, GA. One black male, takeover-style robbery, stolen silver Lexus recovered.
8/27/10 - Chase Bank, 2079 S. Hairston Rd. (Hairston Crossing) Decatur, GA. Two black males, guns displayed, takeover-style robbery, no wigs. 10:15 a.m.
Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact the Atlanta office FBI at (404) 679-9000.