Authorities: Woman fails in bank heist

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

COVINGTON -- A would-be bank robber walked away empty-handed after attempting to hold up the United Bank in Newton Plaza on Thursday morning, according to the Covington Police Department.

CPD spokesman Lt. Wendell Wagstaff said a black woman entered the bank about 11:30 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money.

"The teller refused. I guess she got disappointed and she just walked out of the bank," Wagstaff said, adding that there was no weapon revealed and the note wasn't threatening. "It just demanded cash."

The woman was described as wearing a multi-colored Oxford shirt, sunglasses and appeared to be in her 20s or 30s.

"We did get information that she jumped in a car and we made a traffic stop a short time later on I-20, but further investigation revealed the persons in the vehicle were not related to the robbery," Wagstaff said.

He said the investigation into the case is ongoing.

"Our officers responded quickly and several detectives are working the case right now," Wagstaff said. "We're hopeful of an arrest soon."

He said detectives did not know whether the suspects are local or from another area.

"We've developed several leads, and we're canvassing the area of the bank," he said.