Monday, June 8, 2009

Cookeville Banks Robbed Two Days Apart

Cookeville police are investigating the second robbery in three days of a bank in town. The latest incident occurred just before 9 am Monday at the US Bank branch on Washington Avenue, just off the square. Police say a lone white male walked into the bank, approached a teller and gave her a note demanding money. He did not display a weapon, and none was seen, but the teller did end up giving the suspect some cash before he left on foot heading toward the courthouse square. He was described as being in his mid to late 20s with an average build. He was wearing a blue ball cap at the time of the robbery. Police Captain Nathan Honeycutt says investigators are reviewing surveillance video and have gotten a still photo of the subject. He also says that the robbery Monday has a number of similarities to an attempted robbery of the Community Bank on South Willow Avenue Saturday morning. In that case, a lone white male also entered the business during the morning hours, presented a teller with a note and displayed no weapon. But Honeycutt says the man left with no money in that case. He says police are not positive that the two cases are related, but are investigating the possibility. Anyone with information that may help is asked to call Crimestoppers at 520-7867.