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November 26, 2012

Attempted robbery fails at Tradition’s Bank

Suspect wanted in connection with 2 other robberies

CULLMAN — A man attempted to rob a Cullman bank early Monday afternoon but left empty handed, setting off a search across the city that ended with the suspect still at large.

At approximately 1 p.m. Monday a man entered the Traditions Bank on U.S. Highway 31 in downtown Cullman and demanded money from a teller. Another employee noticed the teller’s unease and asked if anything was wrong, at which point the would-be robber walked out. Bank officials confirmed there was no security guard on duty at the time.

“Someone noticed a look of alarm from the teller and walked up to ask if everything was all right,” Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper said. “At that point the man left.”

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’9” to 6’0” tall and weighing 180 –200 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a cap with the phrase “Navy Retired.” He has thin hair, a goatee and was reportedly driving a Blue Kia car.

Cullman Police say the suspect is likely the same man wanted in connection to two similar robberies that occurred in August at banks in Guntersville and Priceville.

“We have notified surrounding agencies and we’ll be working together,” Culpepper said.

Despite some reported call-in sightings of the suspect’s car in the minutes following the robbery attempt, the suspect remains at large as of deadline of this article.

The bank went on lock down for a little over an hour after the incident but reopened Monday afternoon.

A bank official commended the staff’s attentiveness and confirmed that no one was injured during the brief attempt.

“We want to thank our staff for being so alert and I believe that is why there was no loss of money or injuries to our staff,” Traditions Bank VP of Operations Angie Widner said. “Everyone is safe and doing well. We also want to thank the Cullman Police for their quick response. They were here within minutes and very helpful.”

Anyone with any information about the incident is encouraged to call the Investigation Division at (256) 775-7170.  Anonymous tips can be left at (256) 775-7150, or e-mailed to tips@cullmanpd.com.

‰ Ben Bullard contributed to this report.

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

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