Alleged Vikings jersey bandit caught

LILBURN -- A man who allegedly made little effort to conceal his identity while robbing a Lilburn bank in an NFL jersey last month was apprehended in Morrow this week.

Rayford Arron Lanham, 46, ostensibly a Minnesota Vikings fan, is charged with passing a note to an RBC bank teller on Indian Trail-Lilburn Road while donning a purple "C. Taylor" jersey Sept. 22, police said. The robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On the heels of media reports about the robbery, police followed two separate tips identifying Lanham as the robber, said Lilburn police spokesman Capt. Ben Hayes.

"(We) also learned Lanham was staying at an abandoned residence in Clayton County which belonged to his deceased mother," Hayes said.

Lanham couldn't be found when police first visited the residence to serve warrants. A Lilburn investigator canvassing the Morrow area Tuesday spotted the alleged getaway vehicle used in the robbery, a maroon Chevrolet Corsica, at another residence and called for assistance.

Deputies with the Clayton County Sheriff's Office fugitive squad responded and arrested Lanham without incident, Hayes said.

Lanham remains at the Clayton County Jail, awaiting transport to Gwinnett, Hayes said.