FBI: Serial bank robber targets Gwinnett

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

DULUTH -- An armed bandit who robbed a Duluth Wachovia Bank on Friday could be behind a similar heist at a Stone Mountain branch in August, the FBI said Friday.

Not short on manners, the unidentified man reportedly thanked tellers for their assistance after holding up a 3072 Old Norcross Road branch about 10:20 a.m. Friday, officials said.

The lone man announced the robbery, ordered all bank employees to the floor, then jumped the counter and pillaged an undisclosed amount of cash, FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Brian Lamkin said.

"The robber placed the money inside a black plastic bag and exited the bank, telling the employees 'thank you' prior to leaving," Lamkin said in a release.

The robber fled in an early 1990s Acura Legend, either black or gray, and was last seen heading southeast on Old Norcross Road, Lamkin said.

Witnesses described the roughly 20 to 30-year-old black man as about 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, with a medium build and black facial hair. He wore a blue New York Yankees baseball cap, white Polo shirt, jeans and white sneakers.

The robber's modus operandi matches that of an Aug. 25 heist last year at a 1815 Rockbridge Road Wachovia branch, officials said.

The bandit in the earlier heist wore similar clothing, Lamkin said.

Anyone with information about the robberies should contact the FBI Atlanta Office at 404-679-9000.