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Meridian Police work leads in Monday bank robbery

By By Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
Oct. 31, 2001
Meridian police were working leads and interviewing witnesses Tuesday in hope of arresting a suspect in the armed robbery of a bank one day earlier.
Capt. Roger Welborn said he didn't know if the MPD has a targeted suspect in the Monday robbery of the College Park branch of Trustmark National Bank.
A man robbed the Trustmark branch at 11:22 a.m. Monday, the fourth bank robbery in the city within the past two months.
Monday's robbery was the latest in a growing number of armed robberies this year. Records show the city has had at least 90 armed robberies since Jan. 1, up from 88 reported for all of 2000.
Within minutes of Monday's bank robbery, police were searching the surrounding neighborhood. They used a police dog to search a trailer and house where witnesses said the robber fled.
The suspect was described as a dark black man about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a blue and white shirt, dark pants and possibly a skull cap.
Welborn said while he hopes for an arrest is hopeful, he doesn't know if one will come soon. He said people can give tips to CrimeStoppers by calling 485-1860; names will be anonymous and a reward is likely.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3236, or e-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.

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