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Armed with possible grenade, man robs bank

Gwinnett County Police are looking for this man who they believe robbed the Wells Fargo Bank located at 6155 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in unincorporated Norcross on Monday morning. (Special Photo)

Gwinnett County Police are looking for this man who they believe robbed the Wells Fargo Bank located at 6155 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in unincorporated Norcross on Monday morning. (Special Photo)

NORCROSS — A “well-dressed black male” armed with a possible grenade robbed a Norcross bank Tuesday morning. Police believe it was his third such crime in the span of a week.

Employees at the Wells Fargo at 6155 Jimmy Carter Blvd. told Gwinnett County police that the suspect — about 6-foot-5, dark-skinned and thin, wearing sunglasses and a fedora — entered the bank at about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. He waited in line behind other customers.

“When it was his turn, the suspect approached the counter and presented a note demanding money,” police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. “He then produced an object that appeared to be a hand grenade.”

The suspect, who has not been identified, fled on foot after receiving money from the teller. No vehicle was seen.

Local authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation believe that the same suspect was responsible for robberies at two other Wells Fargo branches — one in Doraville on Aug. 27 and one in Buckhead two days later, Smith said. He did not produce the suspected grenade in the first robbery but did so in the second.

Surveillance photos from all three robberies were released Tuesday afternoon. In the Gwinnett incident, the suspect was wearing a black button-up shirt and blue jeans.

Wells Fargo is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information should call GCPD robbery detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-557-TIPS.

“Anyone encountering this suspect should consider him armed and dangerous and call 911,” Smith said.