Colonial Bank robbed

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 7, 2002

Police and the FBI were searching Thursday for a woman suspected of robbing the Colonial Bank branch on U.S. 231 in Troy and the man who may have helped her get away.

The robbery occurred about noon on Wednesday. An undisclosed amount of money was taken, but no one was injured, according to reports released by Police Chief Anthony Everage.

Bank employees said they were more upset than frightened by the robbery but would not comment further.

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"There are a few leads we are looking up," said Sgt. Benny Scarbrough, public information officer for the police department. "We’ve been checking all the local motels to see if they possibly stayed in a motel."

According to reports, the woman entered the bank and demanded money from a teller. "The suspect did not produce a firearm, but … did imply that she was armed," Scarbrough said.

After the teller handed over the money, the woman left the bank and got into what police believe was a gray, older-model Toyota pickup truck driven by the male suspect.

The female is described as a 5 foot, 8 inches with blonde hair. She was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt, dark shorts and sunglasses. The man, described as white with dark hair and beard, apparently never left the truck, Scarbrough said.

Police believe the truck headed south on U.S. 231, "but we’re looking in all directions. You can turn off 231 in several directions," he said. "We certainly want the public to call the police if they saw a vehicle matching the description after noon or even prior to it.

This is the second robbery off 231 in eight days with the first occurring May 29 at the Cash 2 Go. "I think the major reason [businesses on Highway 231 are targeted] is because you have a major influx of traffic on 231," Scarbrough said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged by Everage to call the TPD at 566-0500 or the secret witness line at 566-5555. The FBI is also investigating the robbery. "Anytime federal documents, which is exactly what money is, are involved, you have to call the FBI. The FBI has jurisdiction over the case," Scarbrough said.

Editor’s note: Jill Nolin and Darlene Jennings contributed to this report.