FBI probes suspect’s link to other robbery

CORINTH – The FBI was trying to determine Thursday if an armed bank robbery in Corinth this week might be related to a recent robbery in Ardmore, Tenn.
An FBI agent from the Columbia, Tenn., office was in Corinth and met with Police Capt. Ralph Dance, chief of detectives. Dance showed the agent evidence he had collected from the site of a traffic accident involving the two suspects in the Corinth robbery.
Vida Byrd, 24, of Tuscumbia, Ala., the driver of the SUV that left the SouthBank branch after Tuesday’s robbery, was killed when the vehicle crashed in Iuka. Suspect Asa Warren, 25, also of Tuscumbia, remained hospitalized Thursday in serious condition at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Warren has not been charged, but authorities expect to do so when his medical condition improves.
Dance said authorities gathered a lot of evidence from the crash site, including cash taken in the Corinth robbery and other cash that cannot be accounted for; a .380 automatic handgun; receipts showing expenditures in a Corinth restaurant and sporting goods store near the site and time of the bank robbery; and other new purchases found in the vehicle.
“I think some of this evidence will help the FBI link our suspect to the robbery they’re investigating,” Dance said.
Ardmore authorities and the FBI are investigating an armed robbery of CB&S Bank in Ardmore on Friday afternoon, according to the Athens, Ala., News Courier. Ardmore is just east of Interstate 65 across the Alabama-Tennessee state line.
Investigators are offering a $1,000 reward for information in the case and have circulated a photo of their suspect taken from the bank’s video, a report from WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Ala., said.
Their suspect in the Ardmore robbery is described as a black male about 5-feet-9-inches tall, wearing a black jacket, dark pants, Ray-Ban sunglasses and a Miller beer hat, the News Courier said.
“We don’t have a way of slowing down the video we got from the bank to get a picture,” said Corinth Chief David Lancaster. “The FBI took a copy of our video today and will try to slow it down and enhance it for us.”

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