Bank robber claims to have bomb, walks away from scene
Clif Knight, Hartselle Enquirer
Hartselle Police are searching for a man who, claming he had a bomb strapped to his body, robbed People’s Bank of North Alabama last week.
The Hartselle branch of Peoples Bank was robbed at midday May 30 by a white male in his late 30s or early 40s. The suspect calmly walked away from the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash stuffed in his pockets.
A surveillance tape showed the suspect leaving the building through the south exit (across from Kroger) and walking across the Crestwood Shopping Center parking lot in the direction of McDonald’s.
The suspect was identified as being between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and of average build. He was wearing a green button-up, short-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and a tan baseball cap.
Hartselle police responded to the robbery at about 11:50 a.m. and promptly cordoned off the building. They processed the scene looking for physical evidence and taking statements, Meanwhile, the FBI office in Huntsville was notified and an agent was dispatched to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Barley said the investigation team is seeking leads from the public as to the robber’s mode of transportation or identity. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hartselle Police Department at 773-6534, Ex. 0.