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Police nab suspect in heist attempt

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department has announced the capture of a suspect in the attempted robbery of United Bank in Newton Plaza last week.

Arrested and charged with attempted robbery Tuesday afternoon is Michelle Nicole Turner, 33, of 902 Regal Road in Jackson.

According to CPD spokesman Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, detectives found Turner after Officer Brian Capps canvassed stores in the shopping complex where the bank is located.

"It was discovered someone had purchased a wig prior to the attempted bank robbery," Wagstaff said. "It was through the course of that information that we developed a suspect which turned out to be Michelle Turner. Detective Mike Tinsley brought her in for questioning and she has subsequently been arrested and charged for attempted robbery."

Wagstaff said the woman entered United Bank around 11:30 a.m. on June 10 and handed a teller a note demanding money. The teller refused to give her any money and the woman left the bank. No weapon was visible and the note wasn't threatening.

The woman was described as being in her 20s or 30s and wearing a multi-colored Oxford shirt and sunglasses. Wagstaff said she had discarded some of those items and left them near the bank. He said it appeared the woman was working alone.

"Even though no weapon was displayed, she came in and attempted to rob the bank. Obviously it's a situation where the bank tellers were upset. It's a felony, and we work real hard on things like that," Wagstaff said, who added that good police work was the key in solving the case.

"I'm really proud of these guys. A lot of people say, 'Well, they're just doing their job,' but it takes a lot of good old-fashion detective work and putting the whole piece of the puzzle together to make an arrest. I really want to give credit to these guys for a great job. They worked diligently to solve it."