Police probing robbery flurry
Bandits accost workers, banks

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man used a note to persuade a Wachovia bank teller to hand over money Wednesday morning, police said. Minutes later, nearly 6 miles away an employee on her way to make a deposit at an other Wachovia bank was robbed.

According to Lawrenceville Police Department spokesman Capt. Greg Vaughn, a black man entered the Wachovia bank at 3325 Sugarloaf Parkway about 9:15 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding cash.

"He's described as a black man in his 20s, 6-foot to 6-foot-3 inches tall. He was wearing a blue striped shirt, dark colored baggy pants with what I'd call a bucket hat and dark sunglasses," Vaughn said. He said the man also has a goatee.

According to Vaughn neither the teller nor other employees, saw the man with any type of weapon.

Vaughn said the man escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from the bank to get a description to search for the man.

Vaughn said he was unsure if the man could be responsible for other robberies in the county, but said it is possible.

Anyone with information about the man or the robbery is asked to call the Lawrenceville Police Department at 770-963-2443.

A similar incident occurred in Snellville on Monday, according to Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead.

Shortly after 9 a.m., an employee of the Cato clothing store located at 1905 Scenic Highway was robbed as she was walking to make a deposit at a nearby bank, Whitehead said. Although Whitehead could not provide the name of the bank, a Cato manager on duty Monday confirmed the store banks with Wachovia on Ga. Highway 124.

Whitehead said the woman was en route to the bank with a bag containing less than $600, store money to be deposited for the day.

According to Whitehead, a black man approached the woman in the parking lot and took the deposit bag then fled.

Whitehead did not have an exact description of the man, but said investigators are looking at surveillance video from surrounding store to see if the theft was caught on tape.

At this time police do not believe the two robberies are related.