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Bank robbery suspect caught within minutes

COVINGTON -- A would-be bank robber walked away without any money Thursday morning and was picked up by police only 10 minutes later after a failed robbery attempt of the Bank of North Georgia branch at the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and Mill Street, according to the Covington Police Department.

"We have no doubt that we have the right man," said CPD Public Information Officer Ken Malcom.

Charged with robbery and arrested only a couple of blocks from the bank was Eddie Mac, 41, of 80 East Lawn Drive.

"Around 10 a.m. he walked into the bank, approached a teller and demanded money," Malcom said. "The teller produced an undisclosed amount of money, but he left without talking any of it."

The suspect was described as a tall black male with a bag.

Malcom said police knew almost immediately that the suspect had left on foot and was headed south toward Newton Drive. They were able to concentrate their perimeter in that area.

"I made contact with a witness who said she had seen someone matching the description of the man we were looking for," Malcom said. "Officers immediately made contact with Eddie Mac and found the bag. He volunteered that he had come from the bank."

CPD detectives were able to determine that at some point, Mac had called a friend and asked that person to pick him up near the YMCA.

"Officers did an excellent job of establishing a perimeter and getting good information from witnesses that pointed us in the right direction so that we were able to within 10 minutes of the call coming out arrest the suspect," Malcom said. "It was good police work and good response from Patrol and CID in locating the suspect and arresting him."