'Grandpa Bandit' arrested in Perry

An alleged serial bank robber dubbed the "Grandpa Bandit" was arrested this weekend.

Bobby Joe Phillips, 64, of Covington was arrested early Saturday outside a Holiday Inn in Perry, according to a press release issued by Knoxville, Tenn., FBI.

Authorities believe Phillips is responsible for robbing seven banks in Georgia and Tennessee, including the SunTrust Bank in Suwanee on Oct. 24.

The FBI believes Phillips' most recent theft was Friday at the Tennessee Members First Federal Credit Union in Knoxville.

According to the release, a Perry Police Department officer noticed Phillips' Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck in the parking lot of the hotel. Knowing Phillips was the subject of a multi-state BOLO, or "Be On (the) Lookout," the officer made the arrest.

Phillips will be held at the Houston County Jail, the release said.