Marshall County bank robbery suspects caught
By Cynthia M. Jeffries
POTTS CAMP – A south Marshall County bank was robbed Friday morning by four men, three of whom entered the bank firing their weapons into the air, got into a shootout with the bank’s manager, and then left with an undetermined amount of cash.
Three of the suspects were captured several hours later.
“This is not supposed to happen here,” said Rodney L. Whaley, manager of the Potts Camp Bank and vice president of the bank’s parent company, Bank of Holly Springs.
The incident started about 10:15 a.m. Friday at the bank located on South Center Street/state Highway 349. The suspects, who were each wearing stockings to conceal their faces, entered with their weapons drawn and started shooting into the air.
“They were screaming ‘get down, get down’,” Whaley said.
The bank robbers also shot out a security camera located above a person in the bank.
There were seven employees and two customers in the bank at the time of the robbery. No one was injured.
Whaley, who was watching the suspects on a closed-circuit television in his office, said he saw the men coming toward his office.
Whaley said he then pulled a gun from his desk and exchanged several shots with the robbers. He did not know if any of his shots struck the robbers.
Bullet holes were in the bank’s front glass, a door and a wall.
After the robbery attempt, the men drove away from the area, heading west in a blue Monte Carlo. They later ditched their getaway car in some woods off Cox Road near the Benton-Marshall county line, where motorcycles were stashed.
At least two of the suspects are believed to have hopped on motorcycles to get away. Two of the suspect were left to fend for themselves in the woods on foot, said Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
One of the motorcycles was later found ditched in the woods.
Marshall and Benton county law enforcement officers, along with state and federal officers, searched the woods much of Friday. A helicopter and dogs were used.
After more than six hours, three of the suspects had been caught, a Benton County sheriff’s dispatcher said.
Al G. Ratliff, 19, of Grenada, and James Louis Boclear Jr., 17, of Gore Springs were caught in the woods. Former Potts Camp resident Glen Tables, 32, now of Grenada, was picked up at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he sought treatment for gunshot wounds to the thigh, arms and chest area.
All three face charges of armed bank robbery.
One suspect, who was believed to be driving the getaway car, is still at large, Dickerson said.
This is the first time that the bank is believed to have been robbed.
The bank, which is a branch of the Bank of Holly Springs, opened in 1959 in Potts Camp, a town of about 600 people in southern Marshall County.