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Farragut Community South Bank branch robbed May 13

Federal Bureau of Investigation and Knox County Sheriff’s Office personnel are searching for the man who robbed the Community South Bank, 11543 Kingston Pike, at 2:23 p.m., Tuesday, May 13.

The man, who was wearing a black mask and gray athletic suit, jumped over the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the tellers’ cash drawers.

Employees did not observe the suspect having a weapon.

“No customers were present during the event and no employees were harmed in any way,” Chuck Guthrie, Community South bank manager, said.

“Additional precautions are already underway for the safety of both bank customers and associates,” he added.

The unidentified suspect fled the scene in a newer model, full-size silver BMW.

This is believed to be the same man who robbed BB&T Friday, May 2.

“The case agent has confirmed that it may be the same man who robbed the bank, the BB&T Trust, at 11140 Kingston Pike,” said Stacie Bohanan, Community Outreach Specialist for the FBI office in Knoxville.

Bohanan could not reveal the amount of money stolen from BB&T or Community South Bank because both cases are still ongoing.

According to an FBI press release, FBI and KCSO are “asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man.”

The suspect, pictured right, is described as a white male, 5-feet-8-inches tall and with a thin, athletic build.

A reward is being offered for information regarding the suspect; members of the public should not approach the individual but contact law enforcement.

“If [someone] had any information, they could either call the FBI, or since this is a joint investigation with Knox County Sheriff’s Office, they can call them. And they can give the information to whoever answers the phone at either of those numbers and they would make sure the case agent gets that information,” Bohanan said.

“They will continue the investigation. It’s joint, with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, so we will continue to work with our local law enforcement partners on any investigative leads that come in to either our number or their number.

“And then we’ll share information back and forth and will continue to actively work the case,” she added.

Bohanan could not comment on whether the FBI or KCSO had received any leads or had a suspect in mind.

No reward amount has been set.

“It depends on the validity of the information and how much it actually impacts the case … and helps bring that case to a close,” Bohanan said of the reward amount.

“It varies; the amount varies,” she added.

To provide information, call the Knoxville FBI office at 865-544-0741 or KCSO at 865-215-2243.


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