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FBI seeks help in hunt for bank robber

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 The FBI has released this photo of the BB&T bank robbery in progress. The said the robber “loudly announced” the robbery and brandished a semi-automatic weapon. 

Special Photo The FBI has released this photo of the BB&T bank robbery in progress. The said the robber “loudly announced” the robbery and brandished a semi-automatic weapon. 

COVINGTON — The Atlanta Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking public assistance in locating the person responsible for the armed robbery of the BB&T branch bank in Covington Thursday afternoon.

FBI agents are still seeking the individual who entered the bank around 12:50 p.m., displayed a semi-automatic handgun and "loudly announced" a bank robbery, according to a statement released by Special Agent Stephen Emmett.

"The robber immediately vaulted the teller counter while demanding money from the teller," Emmett said in the printed release. "After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the robber departed the bank without further incident and was observed fleeing the premises in a silver Lexus."

Covington Police recovered that vehicle on Old Atlanta Highway minutes after the robbery. The gunman had apparently fled into a nearby wooded area.

Emmett said it has been learned that the Lexus had been reported stolen out of DeKalb County on Wednesday.

Emmett described the robber as a black man, between 5 feet, 6 inches and 6 feet tall, slender build, weighing between 140 and 180 pounds, in his late 20s to early 30s, wearing dark blue or black clothing, a black Chicago White "Sox" ball cap and white gloves.

"The FBI is looking into the possibility that the ... robbery is connected with three previous armed robberies within the metro Atlanta area, one of which occurred (Wednesday) in nearby Conyers," Emmett stated, adding that other robberies were the Wachovia Bank on Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross and the Wachovia Bank on Clairmont Road in Atlanta.

In the previous three robberies the gunmen were wearing long, black wigs, but surveillance video of the Covington robbery does not show the robber wearing a wig. He does, however, appear to be wearing a red bandanna over his face.

Anyone with information on any of these robberies is asked to call the FBI at 404-679-9000; the Covington Police Department at 770-786-7605 or the Conyers Police Department at 770-929-4206.

Also, tips can be given to the Covington PD anonymously by visiting their website at www.covingtonpolice.com and clicking on "Most Wanted" and then "Anonymous Tips."