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A surveillance video shows a hooded suspect, right, during a robbery Friday of the credit union at International Paper Co.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr. from video
A surveillance video shows a hooded suspect, right, during a robbery Friday of the credit union at International Paper Co.

FBI offers reward in Courtland bank robbery

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

COURTLAND — The FBI is offering a reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of a man who robbed the credit union at International Paper Co., said a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department investigator.

Authorities were still searching Monday for a black man in his early 20s who fled the scene Friday morning in a silver four-door car, probably a Pontiac, said Lt. Tim McWhorter.

Surveillance tapes did not get a good shot of the man's face. The man was wearing a black hood over his head and jeans, but he is being described as short and of average build. McWhorter estimated the suspect's height at between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 7 inches.

The man, wielding a small handgun, jumped over the teller counter and filled a bag with money before escaping in his car, said Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell.

Because of a dye bomb in the money bag, which exploded as he drove away, the man doesn't have much to show for his trouble, said McWhorter.

The dye bomb, filled with red dye and pepper spray, went off in his car about a quarter mile from the credit union, nearly causing the man to wreck.

He jumped out of the vehicle and dropped the bag of money, then got back into the car and sped away, according to witnesses.

Investigators recovered all of the stolen loot, said McWhorter.

Authorities hope the deep-red dye inside his car will help them identify the robber, he said.

McWhorter urged anyone with information related to the case to call the Sheriff's Department at 974-2410.

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