HED:Two armed robbers hold up Barton bank

CATEGORY: Crime

AUTHOR: GIBSON

HED:Two armed robbers hold up Barton bank

BARTON Authorities are looking for two robbers who held up a north Marshall County bank with shotguns Wednesday morning.

About 8:30 a.m., two armed young men walked into the Barton Bank and demanded money, said Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson. One of the robbers fired a shotgun blast into the bank’s ceiling, but no injuries were reported during the robbery.

The two fled in a 1984 Ford LTD that had been reported stolen in Shelby County, Tenn., about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dickerson said. The robbers, who were followed by a Barton resident who aided law enforcement, abandoned the car in a field in DeSoto County about five miles away from the bank.

Authorities tried to pursue the robbers with police dogs, but they were unsuccessful, Dickerson said.

Bundles of bills and change were recovered in the abandoned car, Dickerson said. Investigators roughly estimate between $2,500 and $3,000 was taken in the robbery. Officers were still inventorying the recovered cash Wednesday evening.

Also participating in the investigation and search for the suspects are DeSoto County sheriff’s deputies, Mississippi Highway Patrol criminal investigators, FBI agents and Shelby County and other Tennessee authorities, Dickerson said.

The bank, a branch of the Citizens Bank of Byhalia, is located in the small town on the Mississippi-Tennessee border in the northwest corner of Marshall County.

Anyone who has information about the bank robbery suspects is asked to call the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at 252-1311, 8541-7600 or 564-2722.