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January 16, 2013

U.S. Marshals arrest suspected Cullman bank robber

Also suspected in string of B’ham bank robberies

CULLMAN — A man suspected of robbing First Community Bank in Cullman last week has been arrested by U.S. Marshals. The man is also wanted in connection to a string of Birmingham robberies in recent weeks.

Jimmy Dawson Cunningham, Jr. was apprehended Tuesday afternoon at a Jefferson County home by the U.S. Marshal fugitive task force. He was reportedly found at the home of Fredrick James Hardrick, who was also arrested and charged with a misdemeanor due to unpaid traffic tickets.

Cunningham is suspected in nearly half a dozen bank robberies around the Birmingham area, as well as the Jan. 10 robbery of First Community Bank in the Marktplatz shopping center. Cunningham allegedly passed a note to a teller demanding money, but dropped the bag outside and fled when a dye pack exploded.

After leaving Cullman, Cunningham reportedly robbed a Birmingham bank less than two hours later. He is wanted in connection with a Jan. 3 robbery in Cahaba Heights, a Jan. 8 robbery in Mountain Brook, a Jan. 10 robbery in Mountain Brook and a Jan. 14 robbery in Pelham.

Officials say he is cooperating with police and has already confessed to the Cullman robbery. He was decribed as a middle-aged bald, white male.

Cullman Police investigator Craig Montgomery said he expects to formally file charges this week. The Cullman Police are coordinating with the Marshal service.

“A robbery charge is forthcoming,” he said. “I think everyone with a dog in that fight was anxious for him to be picked up, because it’s hard to think he wouldn’t have continued on this path.”

‰ Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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