Acworth man in custody after robbery attempt
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January 30, 2013 12:00 AM | 2784 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An Acworth man is in custody following an alleged robbery attempt Tuesday at the Woodstock branch of Cherokee Bank.

Chase Lovell Gates, 27, is charged with unarmed robbery, according to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Lt. Jay Baker.

The suspect allegedly entered the bank Tuesday around 11:59 a.m. and demanded cash from a teller, police spokesperson Brittany Duncan said.

The attempted robbery was the second in as many months for the bank off Highway 92.

In the latest attempt, Woodstock Police were called to the bank at 159 Woodstock Square Avenue, where bank employees said a male had entered the bank and demanded money from a teller who provided him with an undisclosed amount of cash, Duncan said.

Cherokee Bank Executive Vice President Rick Roberts said the man was unarmed and was in the bank only for about 30 seconds.

“He came into bank wearing a hood, the teller asked him to remove hood and asked for his name. He asked for money, she complied and he left,” Roberts said.

Roberts, who oversees security for the bank, said the money was then dropped in a nearby parking lot where it was recovered by police.

Witnesses provided officers with a partial tag number of the sedan, a picture of the vehicle and a description of the man.

“The suspect fled from the bank on foot toward the parking lot of Kohl’s, located at 140 Woodstock Square Avenue in Woodstock, where he dropped the cash and got into a small Ford sedan,” Duncan said.

The suspect was described to be a white male in his 20s, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, gray silky pants, with a skull cap on his head. He was described as about 5’8 to 6’2 in height and weighing 180 to 200 pounds, she said.

A BOLO was released to surrounding agencies.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended the suspect a short time later off of Kellogg Creek Road in Acworth, Duncan said.

Roberts said compared to a robbery attempt at the bank Dec. 7, the latest incident was not as stressful or as disruptive.

In that attempt two men were arrested following a chase with police.

“He was non-threatening,” Roberts said of Tuesday’s attempt. “It’s disruptive, but we were only closed about 30 minutes. Again, compared to the other (robbery) this was much less stressful for staff.”

Gates was transported to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center and is being held on $16,700 bond, Baker said.

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