Robber hits North Gloster Renasant branch

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The North Gloster branch of Renasant Bank was robbed on Monday, making the second Renasant robbery in the region in three days.
No one was injured in the robbery, which occurred at 4:20 p.m. at the bank located at 3690 North Gloster St. in the Barnes Crossing area.
Tishomingo County deputies made an arrest later Monday on the Natchez Trace Parkway with possible ties to the bank robbery, according to a press release. The name of the person arrested was not released.
Tupelo Police Capt. Rusty Haynes said a man walked into the bank and showed the teller a note demanding money. The note indicated he had a gun, but he never showed the employees a weapon.
He fled on foot, but police also were searching for a silver Toyota Tacoma with an Alabama license plate.
The suspect was described as a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with very short blond hair, wearing a purple baseball cap and tan pants and jacket, Haynes said.
The Renasant Bank branch at West Market Street in Booneville was robbed Friday at 4:57 p.m. In that robbery, a white man walked into the bank, showed the teller a note demanding cash and left on foot. No one was injured.
Haynes said there was a “possibility” the two robberies were connected, as the suspect and robbery methods were similar.
Tupelo Police Department deputies swarmed the bank after the call came in, with many officers carefully watching the busy traffic to see if they spotted the suspect or the vehicle.
The bank remained closed for the rest of the afternoon.
Online Editor Todd Vinyard contributed to this report.
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com