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06/03/04

Double Bank Robbery Suspect Eludes Police

Police are on a manhunt after two banks in downtown Savannah were robbed. It happened shortly before 1pm this afternoon. Both the SunTrust bank and the and the BB&T on Johnson Square were robbed within minutes of each other.

Luckily nobody was hurt in either of the two robberies, which police say that were committed by just one man.

Police surrounded the scene, locked the doors and went to work, trying to find out who robbed the first bank. "A lone white male entered the SunTrust bank, presented a note and asked for money," said police spokesman Bucky Burnsed.

After threatening the teller, the robber grabbed the cash and headed out the door, only to do the exact same thing at another bank just right the street. "He's described as a white male, early 30s, early 40s, and he was last seen on foot leaving here heading eastbound," said Burnsed.

But it wasn't the police who scared this robber off. It seems the teller at the SunTrust gave the man more than he demanded. Along with the money, the teller gave him dye packs. "The dye packs did their job, went off while he was inside the bank," Burnsed told us.

While the man was in the process of robbing the BB&T, the dye packs with the money he took from SunTrust exploded. Even though police were right around the corner when they received the call, the suspect managed to flee the scene before they arrived.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, but both banks are now closed for further investigation.

If you have any information about these two robberies, please call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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