FBI captures suspected bank robber
by Gary Hanner
Sep 21, 2010 | 1062 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A man suspected of robbing Metro Bank in Ashville over a month ago has been captured in Cherokee County by the FBI.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Joe Sweatt said the man is identified as Robert Andy McKinzie, 26, a Mexican male with an Albertville address.

“We have sent charges of robbery in the first degree (Class A felony) to officials in Cherokee County,” Sweatt said. “If he is released in Cherokee County, he will be brought back here.”

Sweatt said McKinzie is being held in connection with three other bank robberies throughout the sate of Alabama.

“A bank robbery in Cherokee County led the FBI to McKinzie,” Sweatt said. “This was good work and coordination with the FBI that led to the capture of this man.”

Metro Bank in Ashville was robbed Aug. 6 at about 11:10 a.m., according to Sgt. Wendy Long with the Ashville Police Department.

“He was armed with a knife,” Long said. “He did get some money and fled from the bank parking lot on foot.”

Long said the search dogs from the St. Clair County Correctional Facility were called in. The dogs got a trail from the parking lot of Metro Bank through the woods but lost the trail around Piggly Wiggly.

Sweatt said Monday the total amount of money taken from Metro Bank was $4,870.

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.

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