Police: Man goes to 2 banks, leaves before robbing Dollar General

(Courtesy: Columbia Police Department)

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Columbia police are asking for help finding an armed robbery suspect.

Police said the bandit and his accomplice went to two Mid-State banks Monday before robbing a clerk at a Dollar General Store.

While the unidentified man did commit and crimes at the banks, police are hopeful their surveillance video will help identify him.

According to police, the robber entered the Dollar Store on Hampshire Pike around 4 p.m., showed the clerk a gun in his waistband and demanded money before fleeing.

(Courtesy: Columbia Police Department)
(Courtesy: Columbia Police Department)

News 2 spoke with David Kimmel who was inside the store at the time.

He said it was so low-key, he didn’t even know it was happening.

“The guy is in front of me and he’s leaning over the counter,” he recalled. “He was talking to the clerk real low, he grabbed his stuff and walked out. I looked at her and said, ‘Did you get robbed?’ She was flustered and she said ‘Yeah.’”

Prior to robbing the Dollar Store, police said the same man entered a bank in Ardmore, Tenn., close to the Alabama border.

Police said he was carrying a note upon entering the bank, but left when he was approached by a loan officer.

A short time later, he went to a bank in Pulaski. That particular bank has a security door which employees refused to open since he was wearing a heavy jacket on a warm day.

(Courtesy: Columbia Police Department)
(Courtesy: Columbia Police Department)

The man then traveled to a nearby Shell station where his accomplice is seen for the first time.

The woman went into the store and used the bathroom while the man puts a license plate back on his white two-door Pontiac Grand AM with a sunroof.

When the woman exits the store, she gets into the driver’s seat and the pair takes off.

“She, at the very least, knows who we are looking for,” Lt. Joey Gideon with the Columbia Police Department said.

The unidentified man is a white male who is around 6 feet tall with a cross tattoo on his neck that wraps around to the front of his throat.

Anyone with information is urged to call Columbia police at 931-388-2727 or Crime Stoppers at 931-381-4900.

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