Hed: Tupelo bank robbery suspects charged with burglary

Hed: Tupelo bank robbery suspects charged with burglary

CALHOUN CITY – Calhoun County officials have levied burglary charges against two men accused of holding up a Deposit Guaranty National Bank branch in Tupelo earlier this week.

Rodney Wilson, 26, and Tyrell Hardiman, 33, both of Memphis, have been charged with burglary of a building. Calhoun County Sheriff Billy Mac Gore said the two allegedly broke into Western Auto on state Highway 8 Sunday night, a day before the bank robbery, and made off with 16 handguns.

“They got every gun that was on display in the store,” Gore said.

When the two Tennessee men were arrested, authorities say they were in possession of the weapons.

Gore said warrants were faxed to the Tupelo Police Department’s detective unit Wednesday. The two men are currently in the custody of Tupelo police.

Hardiman and Wilson are accused of holding up the Deposit Guaranty National Bank northside branch, located at 1012 N. Gloster St., and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in New Albany.

Both suspects were shot as they attempted to flee on foot after wrecking their getaway truck. Wilson was shot in the lower leg and Hardiman was shot in the hip.

Hardiman remained Thursday at North Mississippi Medical Center. Wilson attempted suicide Wednesday in the Tupelo City Jail.

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