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Bank robber sought by FBI

A lone man is being sought by the FBI and local authorities for the robbery of one bank and the attempted robbery of another Monday, March 13.

R. Joe Clark, special agent in charge of the Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider and Maryville Chief of Police Tony Crisp, are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person who robbed the BB&T in Maryville, and attempted to rob the Regions Bank in Greenback also March 13.

Shortly after 2 p.m. this Monday afternoon, a lone white male entered the Regions Bank at 6705 Morganton Road in Greenback. He approached a teller, handed the teller a white paper bag, displayed a small silver handgun and demanded money. The robber left on foot without obtaining any money.

Witnesses described the robber as a white male, mid to late 20s, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 tall, weighing less than 150 pounds, wearing a tan ball cap, a blue and white checked insulated flannel shirt, wrap-around sunglasses and blue jeans.

At 3:12 p.m., a man fitting the same description entered the BB&T at 710 South Foothills Plaza Drive, Maryville. He again approached employees, displayed a small silver semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. He left on foot after obtaining an undetermined amount of money. He was last seen heading north away from the bank.

Investigators found that the man had also entered the Home Federal Bank adjacent to the BB&T, but no robbery attempt was made there.

Anyone having any information concerning this robbery and attempted robbery should call the FBI at 865-544-0751, the Maryville Police Department’s Crime Line at 865-380-1388 or the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office at 865-986-9081.

The public is cautioned not to approach this individual, but to immediately notify law enforcement of his whereabouts. The public is further reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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