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SCMPD, FBI believe 5 bank robbery incidents may be connected

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are investigating four bank robberies in Savannah that they believe could have been committed by the same gunman. A fifth robbery also took place in Richmond Hill and is being investigated by the Richmond Hill Police Department.

According to SCMPD, the most recent robbery involved the Wells Fargo Bank branch on the 6900 block of Abercorn Street, last Thursday. Investigators are considering the possibility that the same suspect was responsible for each of the robberies. In each case, the suspect pulled a gun and demanded money before leaving on foot.

One woman who had been at the bank the day before the robbery said she was shocked to hear what happened.

"Yes it could have been me, and that's why I said I was so terrified because me and my daughter, we went to the teller and when I heard that it was robbed, you know, I was just terrified and I said ‘Oh no, I won't use that one again,'" said Patricia Howard.
Gary Glemboski with Global Training Tactical Group has experience in training bank employees and customers how to react in situations like these. He said, you need to stay calm and pay attention.

"Try and actually see what you are looking at, a lot of people have a tendency to exaggerate certain things," he said. 

He said never argue or go against what the suspect demands of you. He said that could make the situation worse or more dangerous and said that speaks to all five cases. Even though he was carrying a gun, no one was injured or hurt. And while this robber is still on the loose, it's hard to say what he will do next .

"It's a power thing. he's not getting that much money from the bank tellers and he's doing it now just to see how long he can get by," Glemoboski said. 

But until he's caught, people like Howard said they are taking extra precautions at the bank.

"I just look around at who is who and make sure I remember their faces you know," she said. 

The suspect is described as a black male, around 5'8 to 6' tall, with a medium build and a medium complexion. He usually wears some sort of cap. While the attire varies between the incidents, the general descriptions are similar.

The robberies include:
  • Georgia's Own Credit Union, 400 block of Mall Boulevard; 1:54 p.m. Sept. 30, 2014.The subject was wearing a black shirt, black pants, black knit cap, black sunglasses, and black gloves.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, 7900 block of Waters Avenue, 4 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2014. The subject wore dark sunglasses, a dark ball cap, T-shirt, and dark jeans, which were either blue or black.
  • Heritage Bank, 14000 block of Abercorn Street, 3:51 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2014. The subject was described as a black male, wearing dark sunglasses, a dark ball cap, T-shirt, and dark jeans, which were either blue or black.
  • Navy Federal Credit Union on the 3400 block of Highway 17 South, in Richmond Hill, on Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. The suspect wore glasses, a long sleeve, red plaid shirt, jeans, tan shoes and a black and white “truckers” hat made out of mesh material.
  • Wells Fargo Bank located on Abercorn Street, March 19, 2015, 4:50 p.m. The suspect wore a hat with a Ford emblem on it and eyeglasses.
Investigators are asking the public to help identify and locate the gunman. They also warn that the suspect is armed and considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020, or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Callers can contact the FBI office in Savannah directly, at 912.232.3716. A Tip Line also is open directly to Metro investigators at 912.525.3124, and most area clergy have agreed to serve as liaisons for anyone who would like to share information with police anonymously.

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