Person of interest wanted in connection to Alapaha bank robbery

(WXTX) - The FBI in Atlanta, Berrien County Sheriff's Office and the Alapaha City Police Department are asking for the public's help to identify and locate the individuals responsible for an armed robbery of the Bank of Alapaha located at 245 N.E. Railroad St., Alapaha, Ga.

On Friday, March 7 at approximately 10:00 a.m., two black males dressed in black battle dress/military type uniforms entered the Bank of Alapaha and announced a robbery while brandishing a long weapon, possibly a shotgun. Bank employees were removed from their offices and forced to lay face-down on the floor.

One of the robbers vaulted the teller counter with a handgun and an improvised explosive device (IED) that was later determined to be an inert hoax device. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the robbers left the bank. Their getaway vehicle, a white, four door sedan, was found approximately 3.5 miles away from the victim bank burned beyond recognition.

Law enforcement officials have obtained a security camera photo of a black male at a nearby Jernigans Farm Service and Supply gas station located at 9642 Hwy. 82 in Alapaha. He is considered a person of interest in this investigation. It is believed that two other vehicles, one described as being an older model green Ford Explorer and the other a burgundy Cadillac Escalade type SUV, were used to escape the area after torching the original getaway vehicle.

These individuals are to be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact the FBI's Valdosta Resident Agency at (229) 247-2292, the Berrien County Sheriff's Office at (229) 686-2091, or the Alapaha City Police Department at (229) 445-1352.