The so-called “well-dressed male” suspected in a series of metro Atlanta bank robberies was captured late Wednesday night trying to make a less than glamorous getaway. His weapon of choice in two of those crimes, police said, turned out to be fake.
Gwinnett County police detectives arrested 28-year-old Jeremy Thompson, a.k.a. Jeremy Cannon, at an Atlanta Greyhound station Wednesday night, spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. Believed to be hopping a ride to Miami, he was in possession of a fake hand grenade when he was detained.
Thompson’s arrest came about 36 hours after he allegedly capped off a week-long robbery streak Tuesday morning by hitting a Wells Fargo on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross. Authorities were tight-lipped about how he was found.
“Detectives did receive tips,” Smith said, “but I can’t say more than that.”
Thompson is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County jail. He is charged with a single count of armed robbery locally, but more will be coming from other jurisdictions — he’s believed to be responsible for robberies at Wells Fargo branches in Doraville and Buckhead on Aug. 27 and 29, respectively.
In the Gwinnett and Buckhead crimes, the suspect — donning button-up shirts, a fedora and sunglasses — is accused of passing tellers a note demanding money before producing a “what appeared to be” a hand grenade.
That device turned out to be a fake, but, under Georgia law, that doesn’t matter: armed robbery occurs when a theft is made “by use of an offensive weapon, or any replica, article, or device having the appearance of such weapon.” The charge can carry a 10- to 20-year prison sentence.