Bank robbery suspect nabbed -- in 3 minutes

SNELLVILLE -- Police on Friday corralled a note-passing bank robber less than three minutes after he'd hit a Snellville bank, an official said.

Snellville resident Charles Tolbert's alleged escape plan was flawed, as police caught up with him around the corner from a Regions Bank on Scenic Highway after he'd darted into some woods, police said.

Tolbert, 46, allegedly went to the bank's counter about 1:20 p.m. and wrote a note on a deposit slip demanding money and purporting him as armed. He presented the note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, said Snellville police Chief Roy Whitehead.

Two or three minutes later, an officer located a man fitting the robber's description at the intersection of Pinehurst and North Road.

"The teller positively identified (Tolbert) as the robber," Whitehead said. "All the money taken in the robbery has been recovered."

Tolbert was arrested and charged with armed robbery. Police also served him with an outstanding probation violation warrant.

Tolbert's probation stemmed from a DUI arrest, Whitehead said.