Armed robber hits Blackwater bank | FBI assists Sheriff's office with investigation

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Security cameras captured this image of a suspected robber who reportedly displayed a handgun at Alliant Bank in Blackwater Wednesday, June 26. (Contributed photo released by law enforcement)

The Cooper County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of the FBI, is investigating an armed robbery of the Alliant Bank in Blackwater -- approximately 24 miles southeast of Marshall.

The robbery occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m Wednesday, June 26, when a suspect armed with a handgun entered the bank and contacted the teller demanding money. The suspect, described as a white male, medium build, and between 5-foot 6 inches to 5-foot 8 inches in height, left the bank with "a substantial amount of money," according to a news release by the Cooper County Sheriff's office.

The suspect reportedly left on foot, wearing a light colored long sleeved shirt, khaki cargo shorts, a dark baseball cap and sunglasses.

According to the release, it is believed the suspect left the area in an unknown vehicle, although earlier scanner traffic reported the suspect may have left in a green passenger vehicle with Florida license. No direction of travel is available. The investigation is ongoing as more evidence is gathered.

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Alliant Bank, located in Main Street Blackwater, was robbed Wednesday afternoon, June 26, according to law enforcement officials. (Carlos Restrepo/Democrat-News)