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Man arrested in local bank robbery

A Thomson man, who had been out of jail for only a day, has been charged in the Tuesday afternoon robbery at the SunTrust bank on Washington Road in Thomson.

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Thomson Police Sgt. Jared Land carries a blue bandana found in the Carriage Lane parking lot, just adjacent to the SunTrust bank that was robbed Tuesday.

Nathan Jones, 43, of 113 Shank Street, was charged with robbery by sudden snatch and was being held at the McDuffie County Detention Center, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Assistant Agent in Charge Gary Hughes. Agent Hughes also said federal charges may be possible against Mr. Jones.

Mr. Jones was picked up without incident around 6:30 p.m. near the IGA store on West Hill Street. Thomson Police Chief John Hathaway said early Wednesday tips from residents turned them toward Mr. Jones as a person of interest.

"Just from people calling in and officers out there knocking on doors, they said 'Well, I think it is this guy. You need to check him,'" Chief Hathaway said. "That's what led us to him."

Local authorities interviewed Mr. Jones, and eventually searched a Knox Terrace Motel room, where they found a stash of money, Agent Hughes said. Agent Hughes said he believed authorities had found all of the money taken from SunTrust.

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Bundles of money stained red with dye lie near the parking lot of Carriage Lane following Tuesday's bank robbery.

The incident began about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, when a black male with a blue bandana covering his face walked into the bank. He demanded money and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the counter, according to FBI Agent Ed Reinhold.

"There was no weapon displayed that we are aware of," Agent Reinhold said.

The suspect then ran into the Carriage Lane Shopping Center parking lot where a dye pack exploded causing him to drop at least some of the money. He took off toward Martin Luther King Street and later discarded some of his clothes at a residence on McCommons Street. Agent Hughes said police believe that Mr. Jones fled on foot to the motel.

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Nathan Jones, 43, of 113 Shank Street, was charged with robbery by sudden snatch.
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Thomson Police officers guarded the Carriage Lane parking lot section of the crime scene until Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents arrived to gather the dye-stained bills and a discarded blue bandana as evidence.

The McDuffie County Sheriff's Department, Thomson Police Department, GBI and FBI are working cooperatively to investigate the robbery. The state's tracking dogs were brought in from Milledgeville around 5:30 in an attempt to pick up the suspect's scent.

Mr. Jones is no stranger to local law enforcement. He was transferred from the McDuffie County jail to the Emanuel Probation Detention Center on May 1 on burglary charges, according to McDuffie County Sheriff's Maj. Ronnie Williamson. A Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman said Mr. Jones was released from the Emanuel facility Monday, July 31.



Web posted on Thursday, August 3, 2006













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