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Police Pen 2 Local Robberies on Newnan Man

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  They say a picture's worth a thousand words. Now, surveillance photos taken during a Phenix City bank robbery speak volumes about the person police say is responsible.

Officials with the Phenix City Police Department say 54-year-old John Johnston from Newman, Georgia has been charged in the case.

If that name sounds familiar, that's because Johnston is already behind bars in Columbus, charged with this week's bank robbery at the BB&T on Whitesville Road.

He plead not guilty to the armed robbery charge in court Wednesday.

Reliable law enforcement sources tell Fox 54 a customer wrote down the tag number from a car they saw leaving the Columbus robbery. Authorities ran the tag and tracked it to Newnan where Johnston was arrested.

Police aren't saying how they connected Johnston to the September robbery at the CB&T branch on Stadium Drive in Phenix City. Investigators released surveillance pictures to the media after the crime. They show a man approach the bank teller, hand him an empty bag and demand money before taking off with the loot.

It's also not clear if Johnston has connections in this area and how he knew the lay of the land but authorities say he felt confident he wouldn't get caught since he's not from around here.

Johnston's case in Muscogee County has been bound over to Superior Court.

WXTX is told he'll also be indicted on charges in Alabama.

Officials say there's nothing at this point to indicate Johnston committed crimes in his hometown of Newnan.

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