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Meridian police search for suspect in fourth bank robbery this year

By Staff
IN PURSUIT Officer Ricky Roberts and his canine partner search a house near the Trustmark Bank branch robbed Monday morning. With him are other officers from the police department and a Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department deputy. Photo by Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
By Marianne Tod/The Meridian Star
Oct. 30, 2001
Meridian police were still searching today for a man who robbed a Trustmark National Bank branch on Monday the city's fourth bank robbery within the last two months.
Lt. Wade Johnson, spokesman for the Meridian Police Department, said a black man armed with a handgun robbed the College Park bank branch at 11:22 a.m. Monday. He fled east on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
Several customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery.
The suspect was described as a dark black man, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a blue and white shirt, dark pants and possibly a skull cap.
Some residents reported seeing the man several blocks east of the bank. Police and Lauderdale County sheriff's deputies searched the area with a police dog; they abandoned the search when the man wasn't found.
Johnson said the FBI will also investigate the robbery.
The robbery was the fourth bank robbery in Meridian since Sept. 13, when a Citizens National Bank branch on 23rd Avenue was robbed. Another Citizens Bank branch was robbed Sept. 18 and an AmSouth Bank branch was robbed Oct. 3.
Early this month, police charged Elmer Boyd, 34, of 2010 11th St., with the AmSouth and Citizens National bank robberies. Boyd remains in the Lauderdale County Detention Facility on $150,000 bond.
Monday's bank robbery is the latest in a growing number of armed robberies this year. Records show the city has had at least 90 armed robberies since Jan. 1, up from the 88 reported for all of 2000.
Acting Police Chief Benny DuBose said earlier this month that investigators in the Criminal Investigations Division are developing a strategic plan to combat the increasing number of robberies.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3236, or e-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.
Here is a look at the four bank robberies that have occurred this year in Meridian. Police have charged a Meridian resident in the first three robberies; no arrest has been made in the most recent robbery.
No. 1: A man robbed the 23rd Avenue branch of Citizens National Bank at 10:19 a.m. on Sept. 13.
No. 2: A man robbed the 22nd Avenue branch of Citizens National Bank at 1 p.m. on Sept. 18.
No. 3: A man robbed the Highway 39 North branch of AmSouth Bank at 2:11 p.m. Oct. 3.
No. 4: A man robbed the College Park branch of Trustmark National Bank at 11:22 a.m. Monday.

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