Shoals Detectives Work to Link Bank Robberies

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) - Shoals authorities are now saying the past two banks robberies they have seen in Colbert and Lauderdale counties could be connected.

Investigators have compiled a list of over a dozen similarities of the one suspect they are looking for in both.

Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May describes the man they believe robbed a First Southern Bank in Ford City in late November, “A camouflage bandana he used to cover his face with, very similar sunglasses in both banks, blue jeans and tennis shoes in both banks.”

Two months earlier in September, investigators believe the same man robbed a First Metro Bank in Greenhill.

“Because of the similarities, we feel that there is a high probability the same man robbed both banks.”

According to Sheriff May, not only are the physical descriptions the same, the man wore similar clothing, used his right hand to hold the handgun, and the suspect used a plastic bag to take the money.

Because the robber left on foot in both hold-ups, May believes the man knows the area.

“This man lived in our community, and someone here knows him,” explained May. “Someone here knows where he lives, what he drives, and where he works.”

And Sheriff May said an anonymous phone call to the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers can bring this bank robber to justice.

If you have any information that can help law enforcement, give the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line a call at 256-386-8685.