TIFTON - The Tifton Police Department is still searching for a suspect who robbed a Tifton bank Tuesday afternoon.

The search continues for the white man who walked into Winn Dixie next to the Tifton Mall and demanded money from the teller of the South Georgia Bank branch located inside.

According to a TPD report, the man walked into the store around 1:41 p.m. Tuesday and "walked briskly" up to a teller and said, "Give me your bills!" The teller thought the suspect was joking, but then he said "Give me your bills, don't hesitate, quit stalling."

The teller then stood and pushed the alarm with her left hand, alerting police to a hold-up. The suspect then handed the teller a folded, brown paper bag and leaned across the counter.

Though no weapon was shown by the suspect, he reportedly "reached behind his back as if he had some kind of weapon."

The teller filled the bag with an unknown amount of money, although police speculate that it was at least a few thousand dollars. The suspect then took the bag, wadded it up and walked out the front door of the grocery store heading in an undetermined direction.

The suspect was described as a white male around 55 to 60 years old. He had long, straggly gray hair, acne scars on his face and a large nose. He was wearing black pants, a blue shirt, a cowboy-style straw hat and black sunglasses. He was between six feet and six feet, two inches tall.

"Be on the lookout for someone fitting that description," said J.C. Falotico, a detective with the TPD.

Police have followed several leads that have not resulted in an arrest.

Wednesday, a man was picked up and interviewed, but was released as he did not match the profile of the robbery suspect and he also had an alibi for the time of the robbery. The man picked up Wednesday is not considered a suspect.

Bob Montgomery, CEO for South Georgia Bank, told the Moultrie Observer Tuesday that a man who matched the description of the robbery suspect attempted to cash a check at the drive-in of the banks' branch in Moultrie. Tellers would not cash the check because the man did not have an account with the bank. The security camera footage from the bank was given to the Tift County Sheriff's Office and the teller was sent to Tifton to be interviewed by police.

However, Falotico said that based on the taped footage, it could not be determined whether the person in Moultrie and the robbery suspect were the same person.

Those who know any information that could lead to the arrest of the robbery suspect should contact Falotico or the Investigative Division of the TPD at 382-3132.

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