PT: with photo from bank videotape

PT: with photo from bank videotape

This photo taken from a surveillance tape shows the suspect, far right, in a robbery of the Peoples Bank & Trust Co. branch inside the Kroger Food Store on Barnes Crossing Road. The robbery occurred about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Law enforcement officials continued their search Friday for the person who held up a Tupelo branch bank.

FBI Special Agent Mark Denham said few additional leads had surfaced in connection with a robbery that occurred about 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Peoples Bank & Trust Co. branch inside the Kroger Food Store at 930 Barnes Crossing Road.

The suspect handed a note to a cashier stating he had a weapon and demanding money. Following procedures designed to keep the robber calm, the cashier put money in a bag the suspect brought with him.

Workers and customers in the store didn’t realize the branch had been robbed until they saw police arriving at the scene.

Denham said officers rely heavily on witness observation.

“But when people don’t realize the bank is being robbed it makes it that much more difficult,” he said.

The suspect is described as a dark-complexioned white male who is about 25 to 30 years old. He is about 6 feet tall and weighs about 160 or 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing sunglasses, blue jeans, and a tan-and-green shirt.

Anyone with any information on this robbery is urged to call the FBI at 842-9411, the Tupelo Police Department at 841-6546, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-773-8477 (TIPS).

Cynthia M. Jeffries

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