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Police investigate two walk-up armed robberies

CONYERS - The Conyers Police Department continued this week to investigate reports of two walk-up armed robberies in as many weeks in the parking lot of the Bank of America branch on Ga. Highway 138.

According to Conyers Police Chief David Cathcart, both incidents involved victims who had driven to the bank to make a deposit for nearby businesses. Both incidents were reported on Saturday mornings at the Bank of America branch at 1745 Ga. 138, where the suspect approached the victims as they were getting out of their vehicles.

The most recent robbery was reported Dec. 15 when an employee of an area business was stopped by a black man as he was preparing to leave his car. The robber allegedly indicated that he was armed as he forced the victim back into the car and demanded money, Cathcart said.

"The victim gave up the money and saw the suspect leave in a maroon Pontiac Grand Prix that went toward the back of the bank," Cathcart said.

The robber was described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and dressed in dark-colored jeans and a dark, zipped-up hooded sweatshirt. The victim told police the suspect had short hair and faint facial hair, Cathcart said.

The other armed robbery occurred on Dec. 2 at about 9:45 a.m. and reportedly happened in a similar way.

The victim, an employee of a nearby fast-food restaurant, told police he was forced back into his car by a black man who displayed a black handgun, Cathcart said.

The robber from this incident was described as being in his mid-20s, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and was unshaven. The suspect wore a green jacket, dark shirt and dark pants. He was seen leaving the bank in a green passenger car, possibly an Oldsmobile, with a spoiler on the back. The car was last seen traveling north on Ga. 138, Cathcart said.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.