Police search for alleged bank robber

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are looking for a man who wore sunglasses and a bandanna while robbing two local banks.

The first robbery occurred at 9 a.m. June 1 at the Georgia Federal Credit Union at 2270 Satellite Blvd. in unincorporated Duluth.

Cpl. Illana Spellman of the Gwinnett County Police Department said the man ordered everyone in the bank to the floor, brandished a handgun and demanded money from a teller.

With an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled the scene on a BMX-style bicycle, Spellman said.

The robber struck again June 13 entering the Fidelity Bank on 1115 Old Peachtree Road in unincorporated Suwanee at

12:21 p.m.

The suspect reportedly told the teller he needed to make a withdrawal, then placed a backpack on the counter and told the teller to put money in it. He did not present a weapon during that episode, Spellman said, leaving the scene in an unknown direction with an unknown amount of money.

Spellman said the backpack was recovered in that incident.

Releasing photographs from the banks, police described the suspect as a black man, between 25 and 35 years old. He is between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing between 165 and 190 pounds.

During the robberies, he reportedly wore a pullover style jacket and blue jeans, with a covering over his head, sunglasses, a bandanna over his mouth and nose and gloves.

Investigators are asking anyone who has information about the incidents or who recognizes the man to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Anonymous tips are welcome, and tipsters could receive a reward of up to $2,000.