2 arrested for PTC bank robbery

Tue, 10/24/2006 - 12:21pm
By: John Munford

Pursuit reached 100 mph through Tyrone; halted by deputy's stop sticks

Two men involved in the noon-time armed robbery of a Peachtree City bank were arrested after they led police on a high-speed chase through Tyrone today, police said.

Police are also looking for two more suspects that are believed to have gotten away in a second vehicle that was not involved in the pursuit: a white Ford truck. Those two suspects were armed with a rifle used in the heist at the Kedron Village Wachovia and also had bags of money in their possession, police said.

The two suspects in custody were forced to flee on foot in Fairburn after their gray Lincoln Town Car was disabled by stop sticks deployed near the Fayette-Fulton county line by a sheriff’s deputy. The stop sticks deflated the front driver’s side tire of the vehicle, police reported.

The chase reached speeds of 100 mph as it passed Carriage Oaks Drive in Tyrone just seconds before the stop sticks were deployed, police said.

The two suspects in custody fled into a wooded area but were soon apprehended by two Fairburn police officers who had responded to the scene, police said. Money was found near the scene of the car, police said.

During the bank heist in Peachtree City, one of the suspects was armed with a rifle and the suspects got away in a grey Lincoln Town Car according to initial reports.

A Peachtree City officer was able to locate the suspects’ car after learning it had left the nearby AMLI apartments and was heading north on Hwy. 74.

The suspects initially turned right onto Dogwood Trail and into the driveway to Glendalough Manor before turning around and getting back onto Hwy. 74 heading north, police said.

An unmarked police unit was initially involved in the pursuit, joined by at least one Peachtree City unit, police said.

The two suspects in custody were first spotted in an open field in the Fieldstone Manor subdivision, police said. Fairburn officer E. Roque grabbed one of the suspects and ordered the second one to the ground just as his backup, officer Eddie Saavedra responded to assist.

Police initially ordered the nearby Hampton Inn on lockdown while they searched for additional suspects.

Police have recovered a backpack from the heist with money inside. Other evidence was left behind at the bank, police said.

The two assailants in the bank were described as a black male and a hispanic male, both wearing black hooded jackets and other black clothing.

Hawk 1, the helicopter of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office also responded to assist in the search for the suspects on foot in the Fairburn area.

-- Staff Writer Ben Nelms contributed to this report

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bad_ptc's picture
Submitted by bad_ptc on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 6:23pm.

Did the police lure those out of county bank robbers here by allowing banks to be built?

Don't we have enough bank robbers in our own county without bring others in from other counties?

Wasn’t there a “high speed chase” around noon time? That’s a vary busy time of day for the police to do this.

Why didn’t the police just let them go?


Didn’t the robbers have guns?

Innocent people could have been hurt!

Does any of this garbage sound familiar?



ILuvFayette's picture
Submitted by ILuvFayette on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 6:33pm.

I was actually expecting to come to this post and see all the whiners crying about how law enforcement put our citizens' lives in danger by doing their job. I can guarantee that all those that whine don't have the guts to step into a police officer's or deputy's shoes!

Git Real's picture
Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 7:19pm.

I too am waiting for our guys to get trashed on.

Way to go guys. Smiling I hope you were given a reason to beat the crap out of those predators.

mainframecpu's picture
Submitted by mainframecpu on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 7:23pm.

What if there was a law that let them beat the heck out of a person one minute for every minute they chased them? That would make some dang good TV!!

muddle's picture
Submitted by muddle on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 5:49pm.

Great story!

Looks like everything came together as it ought this time.

Darn, I was in that area about an hour too late to miss the excitement!

Photo: College antics, circa 1978.

Submitted by Fayette Resident on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 2:32pm.

Any truth to the story that the Kroger in Sharpsburg and the Kroger in Banks Station were robbed today?

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 2:22pm.

Looks like someone missed the road signs for Riverdale. That's what happens when you stray too far away from home....you get caught.
Too bad this isn't DeKalb county or they would have been executed on the spot.

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Submitted by ArmyMAJretired on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 1:44pm.

The average "haul" is $5,000 and it is one of the highest solved crimes.

Here is a link and info. I will even follow copyright laws for basmati!


"A computation of UCR Summary data showed that a bank robbery occurred just under every 52 minutes in 2001, accounting for 2.4 percent of all robbery in the United States.4 This represented a total loss of approximately $70 million. While this seems like a large amount of money taken, the average amount of money taken in a bank robbery over the period 1996 through 2000, according to NIBRS data is less than $5,000.

The crime of robbery showed a clearance rate of only 24.9 percent in 2001. The clearance for bank robbery was 57.7 percent in 2001.5 This is a relatively high clearance rate when compared with that of other Part I crimes.* Only murder, at 62.4 percent, has a higher percentage of crimes cleared by arrest."


How stupid do you have to be to try it in a suburban community with all the law enforcement assets around here? It's not like getting lost in the crowd in Gwinett, Dekalb or Cobb!

Glad no one was hurt. Great job to our LE Heros!

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Submitted by sweetpea8870 on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 1:09pm.

Otherwise Scubby and Taco would've been all the way to Atlanta by now...

cowtipn's picture
Submitted by cowtipn on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 1:01pm.

I've noticed a significantly increased police presence in this area over the past 2 weeks. I wonder what they know that I don't. Kinda scary.

Submitted by RubyBegonia on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 12:49pm.

I had just left the bank heading to Kroger and I did not see anything unusual, probably because I used the drive through ATM machine. Before I could get out of my car at Kroger I heard sirens and police cars swarming the area. It was alarming to say the least. Instinct told me to get the heck out of there...get to a safe place...home! All I could think of was the drug bust with innocent people hurt weeks ago. I got back in my car and left the area.

sweetpea8870's picture
Submitted by sweetpea8870 on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 12:44pm.

I'm glad they were apprehended. When you play you pay and if you do the crime you do the time! Straight up!

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 12:44pm.

All over Atlanta lately. They must be short on funds for Christmas Season...

mudcat's picture
Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 6:46pm.

The Dems are taking over - or so they think and they think there is no Christ in Christmas. Keep it under your hat for a couple of weeks and then we party - big time!

mainframecpu's picture
Submitted by mainframecpu on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 6:58pm.

Are you on catnip?

Meowwww dudette

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