Wesson bank robbed at gunpoint

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Trustmark National Bank on Spring Street in Wesson wasrobbed at gunpoint Tuesday around 3:30 p.m. in what authorities saycould be the latest in a string of robberies in central and southMississippi.

The robber walked into the bank twice, said Wesson Police ChiefSteve Carlisle. After leaving the first time because there werecustomers in the bank, he came back and displayed a weapon to oneof the tellers.

“He just asked for the money and left,” Carlisle said. “At thispoint, we’re not sure how much money he took.”

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Once he was given the money, the man left the bank withoutincident.

Wesson Police Officer Philip Sterling said the suspect fled thescene and proceeded east from the bank in a blue late-modelfour-door Volvo with no tag.

There are no official leads at this time, but Carlisle saidauthorities are waiting on information from other recent bankrobberies that police said are similar to the Wesson incident.

Officials have been able to pull pictures of the suspect frombank security cameras. The suspect was described as a white male inhis mid- to late-30s who was well-dressed and clean-cut.

“We’re not certain at this time if this robbery is related tothe one in Terry,” said Sterling. “But there are a lot ofsimilarities.”

Carlisle said the bank robbery in Tylertown was another possibleconnection to yesterday’s heist, saying the security cameras inthose two robberies picked up a similar-looking suspect.

“He was wearing different clothing and so forth,” said Carlisle.”But he was similar in appearance.”