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Lithonia man jailed in bank heist; another sought

NORCROSS -- A Lithonia man suspected in a Friday bank heist in Norcross has turned himself in to authorities while his counterpart remains at large, police said Monday.

Brandon Whitfield is said to have robbed a Bank of America branch on Holcomb Bridge Road on his 22nd birthday Friday. He faces one felony count of robbery by intimidation.

Two days after the robbery, Whitfield "presented" himself to an officer patrolling the Norcross area and made known his wanted status, said Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly. He was quickly arrested.

Whitfield allegedly passed a teller a note demanding money just after noon Friday. He and his accomplice made off with $6,750, according to an arrest warrant. No injuries were reported.

None of the money has been recovered, Kelly said.

Kelly said heads-up police work helped tie Whitfield to the crime scene, after a witness described the car he allegedly fled in.

An officer "recalled seeing the same vehicle in the vicinity of the same bank prior to the robbery," Kelly said.

Whitfield remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond. His probable cause hearing is pending. The second suspect remains at large.

Kelly described him as a light-skinned black man, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a two-toned, brown Atlanta Braves baseball cap, a beige hooded sweatshirt over a red sweatshirt, blue jeans and Timberland boots.

Police urge anyone with information regarding the second suspect's identity to call the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5300.