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Search is on for bank robbery suspects

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One suspect is seen pointing a gun across the counter; at left, the robber who walked away carrying a backpack.
SoVaNow.com / July 03, 2013
Federal authorities have joined area police in searching for two suspects who robbed the Bank of America branch in Clarksville at gunpoint Thursday afternoon. The culprits remained at large at press time.

The bank robbery prompted the shutdown of the bank branch on Thursday and set off a nationwide search for the suspects, who were last seen leaving town in a black pick-up truck heading east on Virginia Avenue, towards the Business 58 bridge over Buggs Island Lake. On Monday, authorities released grainy images of the two suspects, captured by a bank security camera.

Also released was a video still of the getaway vehicle, captured by an exterior camera mounted at a business establishment near the foot of the bridge.

According to Acting Clarksville Police Chief Bobby Boring, at 1:47 p.m. Thursday two black males, one tall and the other short, wearing gloves and masks, entered the Bank of America on Virginia Avenue. One was brandishing a pistol and the two men demanded money from tellers.

The Richmond office of the FBI, which has taken the lead in investigating the robbery, continues to be on the lookout for the two suspects. One robber is described as a black male wearing a long-sleeved white shirt with a red and blue baseball hat with the word “Philadelphia” possibly written on it. He was wearing black jeans, dark shoes, and had a section of red believed to be underwear visible below his shirt and above his pants in the rear. He is described as 6’1”- 6’2,” weighing 200 to 225 pounds. He had a black mask covering his face except for his left eye.

The second robber is described as a black male wearing a long-sleeved white shirt with a dark head-and-face covering. He was wearing blue jeans and carrying a red and black backpack. He is described as between 5’6”- 5’8,” weighing 150 to 165 pounds.

The two escaped in a newer model black pickup truck with an undisclosed amount of money. The FBI believes the vehicle may be a Ford F-150 truck.

The branch was closed in the immediate aftermath of the robbery, but opened the following day for business. Bank employees were instructed not to talk about what happened during the robbery, but one of the interior camera shots shows one of the suspects pointing a gun across the bank tellers’ counter.

Anyone with information concerning the robbery is asked to contact the Richmond Office of the FBI at (804) 261-1044 or Patrolman Andy Elliott at the Clarksville Police Department at (434) 374-5743.

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