First National Bank on Memorial Boulevard robbed Saturday

Published 12:59 am Sunday, April 20, 2008

The South Branch of the First National Bank of Picayune, at 801 Memorial Boulevard, was robbed at 10:31 a.m. Saturday, said Captain Theresa Milar of the Picayune Police Department.

The suspect is described as a white male around 40 years of age, with dirty blond hair, blue eyes and a medium build, approximately six feet tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt with blue jeans.

Milar said the suspect entered the bank, which was open for business, approached the teller and produced a note claiming to be robbing the bank. After the suspect received an undisclosed amount of money, he left the bank and crossed Memorial Boulevard into the Pine Tree Plaza parking lot, Milar said. The suspect’s vehicle is described as possibly being an older model Ford truck, gray with red tones and with a camper shell top.

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“Apparently he got into his vehicle and left in an unknown direction… There have been no sightings of him since he left the parking lot,” Milar said.

The suspect did not mention having a weapon, nor was one suspected, but Milar said the case is still considered to be an armed robbery.

“If you come into a bank with a note saying you’re robbing that bank, you do not have to have a weapon for it to be considered armed robbery,” Milar said.

Milar said officers have contacted investigators in coastal counties to try to determine if Saturday’s robbery could be connected with any of the four robberies that happened in D’Iberville, Biloxi and Waveland on Thursday night and Friday. At the time, no connection has been found.

The incident is still under investigation, Milar said. Any citizens with information leading to the whereabouts of the suspect should call Crime Stoppers at (601) 799-CLUE (2583).