Man wanted in four area bank heists

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

NORCROSS -- Police ask for the public's help in identifying a note-passing bank robber suspected in heists in Gwinnett, Forsyth and Fulton counties.

Police released surveillance photos Tuesday in hope the suspect's penchant for snazzy glasses and unique clothing might lead to tips.

He's suspected in four robberies dating back to Aug. 10. In each instance, he passed tellers a note declaring a robbery, often threatening to have -- but not brandishing -- a gun, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Brian Kelly.

Details of the alleged robbery trail are as follows:

* 1 p.m., Aug. 10, SunTrust Bank branch at 6095 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Norcross. Suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

* Sept. 7, Wachovia Bank branch in Forsyth County. Fled in a small, four-door truck with tinted windows, possibly a black Chrysler Pacifica.

* Noon, Sept. 23, Regions Bank at 3200 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth. The suspect became frustrated and left without money, Kelly said. No vehicle was observed.

* Sept. 24, Bank of America branch at 10905 Medlock Bridge Road. Fled in a maroon vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Lumina, driven by a second man.

Police describe the primary suspect as a black man between the ages of 20 and 25, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 145 pounds. During the first robbery, he wore mirrored sunglasses and a distinctive, colorful T-shirt.

"He seems to favor T-shirts and baseball caps," Kelly said.

The second suspect, observed during the Johns Creek robbery, is described only as a black man.

Gwinnett police urge anyone with information to contact robbery detectives at 770-513-5300 or via Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Tips could result in a reward of up to $2,000.