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Note-wielding women tied to heists
One suspect remains at large in string of local bank thefts

NORCROSS - Grammar is apparently optional when robbing banks with notes.

Two Gwinnett women - one in custody, the other at large - are suspected in a string of bank heists at SunTrust and Wachovia branches throughout metro Atlanta in recent weeks. Police say their modus operandi in each instance was about the same: walk in menacingly, hand over a note, leave with loot.

Here's a sample demand handed to tellers at a Norcross Wachovia branch Wednesday, according to arrest warrants: "Robbery all 100's and 50's or Die (expletive)."

The Wednesday hit may have been the alleged duo's last, as Gwinnett police swooped in within a minute to the 6155 Buford Highway branch and arrested suspect Janiah White, 18, of Lawrenceville.

The second woman, Kayla Morrison, 21, of Duluth, dashed away and remains at large, police said.

Investigators initially thought the women were acting alone in unrelated stick-ups, and that White was a male "due to the way she disguised herself," said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

Police say they've tied White to two November bank robberies in Norcross, the first Nov. 5 at a SunTrust Branch at 6095 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., the second Nov. 10 at a Wachovia branch at 1625 Indian Trial-Lilburn Road.

She made off with more than $5,900 in those two robberies, her arrest warrant said.

For her part, Morrison is suspected in robberies Nov. 4 at a Wachovia branch at 3400 Satellite Blvd. and another Nov. 7 at a SunTrust branch at 4095 Sugarloaf Parkway.

Police said Morrison possibly fled those locations in a late-'90s Toyota or Honda that's dark blue or black. She's described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 145 pounds with short hair.

White is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail on $34,500 bond, charged with three counts of robbery and a probation violation.

Schiralli said a warrant with similar charges has been issued for Morrison.

Police urge anyone with information about Morrison's whereabouts to contact robbery unit investigators at 770-513-5300.