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POSTED: October 22, 2010 12:07 p.m.
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The FBI released this image of the suspect from security cameras in the bank this morning.

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The Heritage Bank on Butler Avenue in Midway was robbed around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Special Agent Stephen Emmett with the Atlanta Division of the FBI. The FBI is handling the investigation.
Bank CEO and Chairman James M. Floyd Jr. confirmed no employees were injured during the crime.
“This morning there was an incident at our Midway branch. Thankfully, all of our employees are safe. They followed the security measures in place and handled the situation like the true professionals they are,” Floyd said in a prepared statement provided by John Crowley, the bank’s marketing director.
Emmett said a lone man entered the bank and announced the robbery. He pulled a shotgun, which was described as having a removable stock, from a cylindrical canvas bag, typically used to carry folding chairs. He presented the bag to the bank’s tellers and demanded money.
The suspect is described as being black, between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing between 160 and 200 pounds, Emmett said. He was wearing white coveralls, a white T-shirt and a yellow, hard plastic construction hat.
Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Det. Jeffrey Hein would not supply additional details.
“We have no comment at this time. It is still under investigation,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Atlanta FBI office at 404-679-9000.
The bank branch, which is less than two miles from Interstate 95, has been robbed before.
On July 7, a woman was robbed at gunpoint as she was making a withdrawal from an ATM behind the bank.
In December 2005, a man walked into the bank near closing time and demanded money. He ran from the bank and was believed to have gotten into a vehicle near the corner of Martin and Ferguson roads.
He reportedly fired a small handgun outside the bank, possibly at a customer at the bank’s ATM who had started following the suspect.
The bank was also robbed in February 2002. That time a man had broken a window to get inside the building overnight and surprised employees as they were opening for the day.
No arrests have been linked directly to any of the robberies.

Staff writer Seraine Page contributed to this report.

 

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