Downtown Franklin bank robbed

Published 4:37 pm Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Franklin branch of SunTrust Bank was robbed just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Several city police officers combed the downtown area for a suspect shortly after the incident, and investigators cordoned off the bank wth crime-scene tape.

“We were there one minute after it happened,” Lt. Tim Whitt said near Franklin Street and Third Avenue, as he and another officer looked for the suspect.

Whitt said the bank was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash.

According to police, the suspect entered the bank wearing a ski mask and handed a note to a teller. The suspect implied that he had a weapon. He fled the bank after receiving the money.

Police are looking for a black male with a light complexion who is 6 feet, 1 inch to 6 feet, 3 inches in height, weighs 200 pounds to 240 pounds and is in his mid- to late 20s. The suspect was wearing a burgundy or brown stocking cap, a black or dark blue down coat, black or dark-blue jeans and white deck-type shoes.

The bank is located at Franklin Street and Second Avenue, adjacent to City Hall.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Franklin police at 562-8575 or Franklin Crime Solvers at 562-8599. Information that leads to an arrest can earn the caller a cash reward, and the caller’s identity is kept anonymous.