Quick thinking by workers at a local bank foils an attempted bank robbery on April 25, 2007. Police believe the would-be-robbers are connected to a robbery at the same bank less than three weeks ago.
It’s getting to be a familiar scene at South Central Bank’s 31-W location. Crime tape surrounds the building after an attempted bank robbery.
Just like the one less than three weeks ago, Bowling Green Police say two men wearing presidential face masks came to the bank armed with a weapon. This time quick-thinking employees saw the masked men and activated a security system locking the robbers outside the bank.
Bowling Green Police said the suspects fired a gunshot at the outside door. The two men fled in this red Toyota Corolla wagon. The getaway car was found just a few minutes later behind a video store.
“It’s just a little nerve-wracking to be close to a place that’s been robbed like that,” Morgan Phelps said.
Phelps works at Firehouse Pizza next door to South Central Bank and said while the robberies make him a little uneasy, the store hasn’t changed its security measures.
“Not any more than anybody else - it’s just a little more unnerving since it happened to them twice, so close together. Really we haven’t been that worried about it. We keep our doors locked and take precautions,” Phelps said.
Meanwhile, Bowling Green Police and the FBI are investigating the robbery. They reviewed the surveillance video from the More Than Video parking lot, which shows the suspects getting into an early to mid-nineties model Oldsmobile Cutlass.
The suspects are described as a white male with salt and pepper hair and a heavy build and a Hispanic male in his late thirties with a heavy build wearing a straw hat. One of the suspects was wearing a presidential face mask of Ronald Reagan which was recovered inside the vehicle.
Two males who robbed the same branch of South Central Bank on April 6, were wearing presidential face masks of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
In both robberies the vehicles recovered were reported stolen out of Nashville.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 270-781-CLUE.
To view a press release on the robbery, click here.