- The brick-shaped package was wrapped in duct tape and had a small red light and wires.
- A note was wrapped around the package.
- The teller panicked upon seeing the suspicious item and immediately sent it back to the would-be robber.
- The attempted robbery was one of two bank-related incidents in Buford on March 18.
Gwinnett County Police are investigating a bank robbery and an attempted bank robbery in Buford that occurred within minutes of each other last Tuesday.
One of the tellers informed police the male first asked for a deposit slip. The teller gave the man a slip through the window before returning to the front desk. A few moments later, a second teller approached the window to finish the transaction. The second teller opened the drawer and noticed a package approximately the size of a brick inside. The package was wrapped in gray duct tape and had a small red light and wires attached. A note was wrapped around the package. The only part of the note visible to the teller was "I have a."
According to the police report, once the teller saw the note "she panicked and sent the device back to the male." The male quickly took the device and left the scene.
The teller was unable to provide a detailed description of the subject but said he was a white male, approximately 35 years of age and had a "large nose." At the time of the incident, the male was wearing a beige baseball cap and possibly a plaid button down shirt.
Roughly 10 minutes after the officer arrived at the BB&T, a bank robbery was reported at the United Community Bank at 4356 South Lee Street. The suspect, described as a white male in his 30s wearing a tan hat and a gray sweatshirt, reportedly passed a note to a teller indicating he had a gun and wanted her to empty her registers.
"Although the subject described by the tellers at the United Community Bank closely resembled the subject described at BB&T Bank, the vehicle involved was very different," the officer noted in the report. The officer later obtained a photo of the suspect in the United Community Bank robbery and showed it to the tellers at BB&T. According to the report, the tellers did not believe it was the same person, but were not certain. The BB&T branch did not have surveillance video of the incident.
The subject in the BB&T incident was reportedly driving a silver Mercury passenger car. The police report on the United Community Bank robbery indicated the suspect was driving a dark gray 4-door automobile, however the BB&T report indicated the suspect in the United Community Bank robbery left the scene in a tan GMC Yukon.
Both cases are listed as active.
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