2017-01-11 / Front Page

Robber strikes downtown bank

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer


This man entered the First Piedmont Federal Savings & Loan branch on North Granard Street at 3:35 p.m. Monday and demanded money via a note. If you see him, call Det. Ron Ramsey at (864) 206-3320. This man entered the First Piedmont Federal Savings & Loan branch on North Granard Street at 3:35 p.m. Monday and demanded money via a note. If you see him, call Det. Ron Ramsey at (864) 206-3320. City of Gaffney police investigators on Tuesday continued their hunt for a man who robbed the North Granard Street branch of First Piedmont Federal Savings & Loan on Monday afternoon.

At 3:35 p.m., a male subject entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. Police Chief Rick Turner said the man informed the teller he was armed but never presented a weapon.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber left the bank on foot and went to the nearby Salvation Army Thrift Store parking lot, where he got into a small silver-colored pickup truck with an extended cab, believed to be a Dodge Dakota, and turned left toward Logan Street.

The report of a bank robbery and radio broadcasts of the suspect’s description sparked a major police response to the bank and the surrounding neighborhoods but neither the robber nor his truck were located.

Chief Turner said his detectives interviewed a number of people based on tips that have been received but none of the tips had panned out as of Tuesday afternoon. Gaffney police detectives released several additional photos of the robber, whose image was captured on security camera footage from a number of angles, as well as photos of his vehicle.

No other people were seen with the robber and Turner said it is believed the robber acted alone.

The robber is described as a white male, in his mid- to late 40s, with salt and pepper hair.

He was wearing a dark-colored leather-style jacket with a hooded sweatshirt underneath. He had the hood over his head but his face was not covered.

A call to a bank official for comment about the incident was not returned Tuesday.

Turner said all of the bank employees were unharmed but added, “Of course they’re shaken up.”

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect is asked to contact Det. Lt. Ron Ramsey at (864) 206-3320.

Turner said photographs from the bank robbery have been shared through law enforcement networks. He said investigators also collected some evidence that will be sent for testing, including some smudges and fingerprints where the robber possibly touched the counter at the bank.

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