OXFORD – First National Bank in Oxford is offering a $1,000 re

OXFORD – First National Bank in Oxford is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two men who held up the bank last month.

On March 19 at 9:05 a.m., just five minutes after the bank opened, two men wearing stockings pulled over their heads and brandishing weapons robbed the First National branch at 821 N. Lamar St. Within 60 seconds, the two were able to gain access to the bank’s vault, get money and leave.

A witness spotted the two men leaving in a white Chevrolet Camaro. The car with Virginia license plates had been reported stolen from Memphis. The car was later found abandoned on North 14th Street in an Oxford residential neighborhood.

Officials believe the two men may have also committed an earlier robbery in Senatobia. The Oxford heist was very similar to the Feb. 26 robbery at Peoples Bank on state Highway 51 in Senatobia. A stolen red Camaro was used as the getaway car in that robbery.

The First National robbery occurred one month after another Oxford bank heist. On Feb. 19, two men in ski masks entered the Union Planters Bank on West Jackson Avenue and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one has been arrested in connection with that robbery either. Officials believe it may be connected to the other two.

Anyone with any information on the robberies is asked to contact the Oxford Police at 232-2400 or the FBI office in Oxford at 234-1713.

Cynthia M. Jeffries

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