0

Stone Mountain Wachovia bank robbed

STONE MOUNTAIN - A masked man with a handgun tucked into his waistband on Monday robbed the Wachovia bank at 1815 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain

The suspect entered the bank at 9:14 a.m., vaulted a teller counter and pushed a bank employee out of the way. He tried unsuccessfully to take money from the teller drawer, according to Special Agent Stephen Emmett of the FBI office in Atlanta. The suspect then moved to another teller station, where he grabbed money from a bank drawer and stuffed it into a gift bag, Emmett said.

As he was running out of the bank, money began falling out of the bag. The robber began picking it up and shoving it into the pockets of his clothing. A dye pack exploded and smoke was seen emanating from the robber's clothing, according to witness statements.

The robber fled in a red sport utility vehicle, possibly an early 1990s model Chevrolet Suburban. He is described as a black male between 25 to 40 years old with an athletic build, about 200 pounds and between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall. The man was wearing some type of thick mask, making his facial features difficult to distinguish, Emmett said.

He also wore a black winter jacket, tan shoes, blue jeans and glasses. Bank surveillance photographs were unavailable

Monday.

"We're looking for any relevance in comparison to other robberies, but it's a little early for us to make any pronouncements that this is related to some other robbery," Emmett said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact FBI Atlanta office at 404-679-9000.