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West Point police seek bank robber


West Point Police are seeking the public's help locating a man who robbed the Renasant Bank.

West Point Police are seeking the public's help locating a man who robbed the Renasant Bank. Photo by: Courtesy photo


William Browning



WEST POINT -- A bank robber is on the loose. 


West Point police say on Monday afternoon a young man wearing red shorts, a gray shirt and a backpack walked into the Renasant Bank at the corner of East Main Street and Eshman Avenue and demanded a teller give him money. He did so by placing a note on the counter, authorities say. 


The teller opened the cash drawer and the suspect reached across the counter and began grabbing money. Then he ran out of the bank's back door heading north, according to authorities. 


As of press time today, no one had been arrested in connection with the crime. 


Law enforcement did not say how much cash was taken. The teller told police no weapon was seen. 


The incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. A few customers were inside the bank at the time.  


Police officers and deputies with the Clay County Sheriff's Department responded but the perpetrator had already fled, according to a media release from the West Point Police Department. The FBI has been notified. 


"The bank staff and a few patrons were visibly shaken," Tim Brinkley, the chief of police in West Point, said in a statement. "But luckily no one was injured." 


The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall.  


The case remains under investigation. 


Anyone with information is asked to call Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers or the West Point Police Department at 662-494-1244. 


Dispatch reporter Isabelle Altman contributed to this report.


William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.



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