Gunmen rob local bank

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 30, 2000

Managing Editor

March 29, 2000 11 PM

An armed robbery at Regions Bank on Park Street in Troy kept Troy Police Department detectives working into the night Wednesday.

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Sometime around 4 p.m. Wednesday, two gunmen allegedly entered the Regions Bank branch weilding a shotgun and a pistol, according to early reports. They left with an undetermined amount of cash.

Within minutes, Troy Police Department officers mobilized and pursued the suspects.

Little information was available at press time, but initial reports indicate that at least one of the two suspects in the case was apprehended within minutes of the robbery.

Searching for evidence in the case, police officers scoured the bushes and yards near the crime scene for evidence, including weapons that may have been used in the robbery.

Police took advantage of technology and used a metal detector to aid them in their search.

Troy police, including Police Chief Anthony Everage, were still working the case until 10 p.m. Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

The same bank branch was robbed in December 1997, when a female suspect entered the bank and demanded money.

Leanora Lewis, a 21-year-old broadcast journalism major at Troy State University was subsequently arrested in the case, but a grand jury failed to indict her and she was released on a "no bill." Though Lewis, a native of the Bahamas, matched the description of the burglar according to eyewitnesses, no evidence of the crime was found in her home. The case still remains open.