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A surveillance camera recorded footage of the robbery suspect.
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A surveillance camera recorded footage of the robbery suspect.

Hunt on for bank robbery suspect
Police hope video of crime at First American Bank will lead to arrest

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

A bank robber armed with a note and a stern look made off with cash from a First American Bank in Decatur on Friday afternoon.

The robbery to the 2004 Sixth Ave. S.E. branch took place at about 4:15 p.m., one of the busiest times of the week for the bank.

Police Sgt. Rick Archer said the man presented the teller with a note demanding money and the teller complied.

"He was very methodical, didn't raise very much attention to himself, tried to be very low-key and was somewhat successful in doing so," Archer said. "But he was a bit careless in his planning, and we have spoken to several witnesses who saw him leaving the area."

Police provided bank surveillance photos of the robbery to media.

"I'm confident, based on the photos that we have of him, that somebody is going to recognize him, and it's only a matter of time until he is caught," Archer said.

The pictures show a black male, possibly in his 30s, with facial hair, a blue-and-white jogging suit and a knit cap.

The robber is believed to have fled the bank in a gold-colored four-door vehicle, possibly a 1990s model Chevrolet Caprice or Lumina, with a female passenger, Archer said.

"We are looking into the possibility it could be the same suspect that robbed the Regions Bank in Madison about two weeks ago. The suspect in that robbery was also reported to be driving a gold Chevy Lumina," Archer said.

About nine employees, mostly women, were at the bank when the robbery occurred.

Wally Terry, First American chief executive officer, said the bank brought in a human resource manager to talk with each employee to make sure they were OK and learn whether they needed any trauma counseling.

"Nobody was hurt," he said. "That's the main thing. We can replace everything else."

It was the second time someone had tried to rob a First American branch on Friday, Terry added. A man attempted a robbery in downtown Birmingham and was immediately apprehended.

FBI agents are investigating the Decatur robbery along with police.

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact Archer at 341-4647, the FBI at (205) 326-6166 or the confidential police tip line at 341-INFO (4636).

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