Dothan suspects may be connected to Troy robbery

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 18, 2002

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Authorities are "relatively sure" that the two suspects arrested in connection with Thursday’s bank robbery in Dothan are also the two people who robbed the Colonial Bank on June 6.

April E. Wright, 22, and Alexander Bigel, 25, both from Westfield, North Carolina, were taken into custody and charged with robbery first degree for the incident in Dothan.

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Authorities also believe there maybe an alleged connection between the pair and three robberies in North Carolina and three more in Georgia, according to information released through the office of Chief Anthony Everage.

At about 10:20 a.m. Thursday, a white female entered the SouthTrust Bank located at 2218 Ross Clark Circle and presented a note to the teller.

Outside the bank, a white male waited in a gray-colored pickup truck, which fits the description of the getaway vehicle used in the Colonial Bank robbery on June 6.

"The robberies did also occur one week apart from one another and during the morning hours, even though that doesn’t necessarily mean there is a trend or pattern," said Benny Scarbrough, information officer for the TPD.

A Jackson County Florida deputy noticed the gray-colored truck and made an effort to stop the vehicle, which lead to a short pursuit.

The vehicle was stopped and the two occupants were taken into custody.

There were no injuries associated with this incident and the money taken from the Dothan bank was recovered.

The Troy Police Department was notified of the bank robbery Thursday morning and an investigator was sent to Dothan to see if the circumstances of the robbery matched those of the June 6 robbery in Troy,

"We sent an investigator down there to check out any possible connections it might have with the Colonial Bank robbery here," said Benny Scarbrough, information officer with the TPD.

Dothan officials also said they are confident that the two are also the ones responsible for the robberies in Troy, North Carolina and Georgia.

In addition to the charges they face in Dothan, Wright and Bigel were charged with aggravated fleeing, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia in Florida. Federal bank robbery charges are also expected to be filed against Wright and Bigel.