Tupelo Police look for suspected bank robber

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal


TUPELO – The search continues for a man suspected in a Merchants and Farmers Bank robbery Friday afternoon.

Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton said the suspect is a white man who is about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 160 pounds.

The chief said witnesses described the man as wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored jeans and white shoes. His face was covered.

According to Carleton, the man walked into the bank at 1012 North Gloster St. at 3:12 p.m., displayed a gun to a bank teller and left with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured in the incident.

Carleton said the suspect headed east on Hillcrest Drive. It is unknown whether he got into a vehicle later.

Evidence was collected by detectives while a K-9 officer scoured the wooded area behind the bank.

An image of the suspect was recorded on the bank’s video surveillance system.

Carleton said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone who comes into contact with him should call the police and not try to apprehend him alone.

If you have any information about this suspect, call CrimeStoppers at (800) 773-8477 or the Tupelo Police Department at (662) 841-6491.