Police: 'Wig bandits' attempt another robbery

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

NORCROSS — The so-called “wig bandits” are believed to have struck again Thursday afternoon in Norcross, albeit unsuccessfully.

Two suspects attempted to rob the Chase Bank at 1250 Tech Drive at about 12:40 p.m., Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said. They weren’t wearing their trademark shoulder-length wigs, but the familiar takeover-style fashion of the robbery made them believe it was the same duo that has hit at least eight banks in the Atlanta area.

The men, wearing masks this time, forced bank customers onto the floor at gunpoint Thursday afternoon, with one robber approaching a teller and demanding money.

The robbers did not obtain any money, Special Agent Stephen Emmett said, before fleeing the scene in a gold Kia Spectra.

“They did not wear wigs in (Thursday’s) robberies, but the M.O. is the same,” Emmett said.

The vehicle, recovered in an area behind the bank, had been reported stolen out of DeKalb County on Wednesday.

The wigged bandits, described as black men, have struck banks in areas ranging from Atlanta and Decatur to Conyers and Covington. Among their believed victims are two other Gwinnett banks — Wachovias on Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross and Centerville Highway in Snellville.

One suspect is described as between 20 and 30 years old and between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10. The other is described as 20-25 years old and approximately 6 feet.

A $25,000 reward is being offered by Wells Fargo for any information leading to their arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI’s Atlanta office at 404-679-9000.