MOULTRIE — A teller at Southwest Georgia Bank’s main branch was robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon.

Moultrie Police Sgt. Roger Lindsay, commander of the Criminal Investigations Unit, said a white male walked into the branch at 201 First St. S.E., about 1:36 p.m. Monday. Being the only customer, he walked right up to a teller’s window.

The man pulled out a small semi-automatic pistol, and Lindsay said he demanded money from the teller. He stole an undetermined amount of money and fled the scene.

Moultrie police officers and Colquitt County sheriff’s deputies spent Monday searching for the robber, Lindsay said. They had not located him as of Monday evening.

The robbery was under investigation by the Moultrie Police Department with the assistance of the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lindsay said. The robber was described as being heavy set and about six feet tall. He was last seen wearing a white pullover shirt, blue jeans and a green baseball cap.

The bank branch was closed for the remainder of the day following the robbery, Lindsay said. Bank officials declined to give a statement while the scene was being processed for evidence.

Authorities say there are similarities between Monday’s robbery and others in Tifton and Cordele, but it was not known yet whether the robberies are connected. Lindsay said the MPD is not ruling out that possibility.

Lindsay said this is the first bank robbery in Moultrie in almost four years. The Bank of America branch on South Main Street was robbed Sept. 9, 2002. Larry Grimes was charged in that robbery after being caught in Sylvester and was sentenced in 2003 to 15 years, 8 months in prison.

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