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Duluth bank robbery suspect tied to Feb. crime

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Duluth police are looking for this man, accused of robbing the Chase Bank at 2697 Old Peachtree Road at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information should call 770-476-4151.

Special Photo Duluth police are looking for this man, accused of robbing the Chase Bank at 2697 Old Peachtree Road at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information should call 770-476-4151.

DULUTH -- The sunglassed man who robbed a Duluth bank Tuesday afternoon -- passing a note declaring he had a bomb -- is likely the same one who hit another nearby branch earlier this year.

Duluth police said the unidentified suspect, described as a white male somewhere between 45 and 65 years old, robbed the Chase Bank location at 2697 Old Peachtree Road at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Donning a blue knit cap pulled over his ears and dark, sports-style sunglasses, he reportedly passed a note to a teller saying he was armed with a bomb and demanding money, then fled on foot with about $3,000 cash -- just like another crime about four miles away and two months prior.

Authorities believe their suspect is also tied to an almost identical robbery Feb. 18 at the Chase Bank at 3780 Old Norcross Road, this time in unincorporated Duluth. At about 1:15 p.m. that day, the man passed a similar bomb threat to a teller before collecting $2,700 and disappearing on foot.

"The teller did not see anything in the suspect's possession that resembled a bomb," an alert issued from that robbery said.

Surveillance photos from Tuesday's crime showed the suspect holding a plastic grocery bag. It was unclear if he had presented that bag as some type of bomb.

Duluth police have described the suspect as being around 6 feet tall and 200 to 220 pounds. He was wearing jeans and a tan T-shirt during Tuesday's robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Fran Foster at 770-476-4151.

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Chase Bank at 2697 Old Peachtree Road

Chase Bank at 2697 Old Peachtree Road
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Chase Bank at 3780 Old Norcross Road

Chase Bank at 3780 Old Norcross Road