FBI starts billboard campaign to catch bank robbers
Jan 07, 2013 (The Knoxville News-Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The FBI has begun a billboard campaign to catch the two men who recently robbed a Cocke County bank and might have hit a Georgia bank as well.
The FBI asked that security-camera photos from the Dec. 26 robbery at the Tennessee State Bank in Newport, Tenn., be placed on billboards in Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas, said Marshall Stone, spokesman for the FBI's Knoxville office.
Witnesses told police that the robbers left the bank and headed east toward North Carolina on Interstate 40 in a silver SUV, either a Chevrolet Traverse or a GMC Acadia.
"Hopefully with a little wider coverage, we'll find someone who knows them," Stone said.
Two weeks before the Newport bank robbery, two men held up a Gainesville, Ga., bank on Dec. 11. The men shown in the Gainesville bank's surveillance photos look almost identical to the Newport robbers.
"Based upon the similarities in the photos and their (method of operation), it creates concern there could be a connection," Stone said.
Police ask that anyone with information in the Newport bank robbery call 865-544-0751 or 423-623-5556.
Witnesses described one robber as a white man in his mid-30s, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a slender build. He wore a dark, long-sleeve shirt, dark pants and dark gloves. He carried a black, high-powered rifle.
Witnesses described the other robber as a white man in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and a light-colored goatee. He wore a dark, hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, gray gloves and a dark toboggan.
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