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SUSPECT STILL AT LARGE IN BANK TRUST ROBBERY SEPT. 4

Sep 11th, 2009 | 0

Lawmen are still searching for a suspect who allegedly held up the Bank Trust at 993 U.S. 331 South in DeFuniak Springs on Friday, Sept. 4. A release from the DeFuniak Springs Police Department (DFSPD) stated that the hold-up took place at around 12:25 p.m., when a white male entered the Bank Trust and demanded money from a teller. Though no weapon was actually seen by witnesses, the suspect reportedly mentioned having one. He left the bank with a bag containing an undisclosed amount of money, and was last seen walking north alongside U.S. 331. A large blue pickup truck was reportedly seen leaving the area at the same time, but it is uncertain whether the truck was involved in the robbery.
A manhunt followed, involving DFSPD, Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) personnel, K-9 search units from Walton Correctional Institute, and a surveillance helicopter. The search continued for some three hours, during which citizens were alerted and school buses were held at area schools for the protection of students going home.
The suspect is still at large, and the investigation continues. A surveillance camera in the bank captured an image of the suspect, and a computerized sketch was also prepared.
The individual was wearing a grey T-Shirt with a logo across the chest, blue jeans, and a baseball cap with the front quarter panel in orange and the rear portion of the cap in blue and was carrying a maroon bank bag. He was described as a white male, approximately 40 – 45 years of age, with curly brown hair and brown eyes. The individual was clean in appearance and had no facial hair. He is approximately 5 feet 7 inches in height and weighed approximately 180 pounds or more.
If anyone should recognize this individual they are requested to contact the DeFuniak Springs Police at (850) 892-8511 or 8513.

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