Bank robbery solved swiftly Thursday afternoon

Published 4:17 pm Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ryan Harris

A Bainbridge man was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly robbing Family Bank in Bainbridge, getting away with more than $6000 before he was caught nearby.

Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Chip Nix said that around 10:30 a.m., Family Bank employees notified BPS about a suspicious person in the bank lobby. Officers responded to the call and viewed surveillance video, identifying him as 22-year-old, Ryan “Chop” Harris of Bainbridge.

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Officers were unable to locate him before he reentered the bank in a blue hoodie and a hand gun around 1:39 p.m., Nix said.

“He reentered the bank with a blue hoodie on, covering his head and a handgun, which was later revealed to be a plastic, replica gun, but the employees thought it was real,” Nix said.

BPS officers were notified that the suspect was the same who had been in the bank earlier in the day. In cooperation with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, officers set up a perimeter in the area around the bank in an effort to apprehend the suspect who had taken off on foot. Officers spotted the fleeing suspect heading east, and gave chase. Officers recovered the bag containing more than $6,000 of stolen money when the dye packs detonated and Harris dropped it.

Harris was apprehended by officers around 2 p.m. At 2:19 p.m. a black, plastic  gun was recovered from bushes at a residence on Elizabeth Place and identified as the weapon used in the robbery. 

“It was quick,” Nix said. “We’re three-for-three at this this bank. This was the third robbery at that bank, and they’ve all ended in arrests, so this is not the bank to rob if you want to get away.”