JEFFERSON --The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is continuing its search for a man who stole an undisclosed amount of cash from Helenville's American National Bank Monday at 12:41 p.m.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Detective Sgt. Donald Hunter, the man, who was by himself when he entered the bank, approached a lone teller with documents and a request for an address. He then brandished a firearm and vaulted over the teller's station, gathering money.
Hunter said the man is believed to be a white male of 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing dark clothing and dark boots, with a mask over the lower portion of his face. Hunter added the man was wearing a "safety-style vest" that was neon green with striping on it and the word "survey crew" written on it -- possibly in vinyl tape.
"Another employee returned to the bank during the robbery and both tellers' wrists were bound by the man," Hunter said, adding, the robber then stole one of the tellers' vehicles. The auto was recovered later in Helenville.
Hunter said he and other investigators have reviewed surveillance video from the bank, as well as from surrounding businesses and have a person of interest they would like to interview. Hunter said this person of interest, who was in a nearby tavern near the time of the robbery, is not the man who robbed the bank.
"But we, of course, also want to find the person who robbed the bank," Hunter added.
He said the man who robbed the bank had been seen walking up and down the street in Helenville before the incident.
"We are working with the FBI on the robbery," he said.
Hunter said no one was injured in the incident.
"This is certainly a potentially violent person -- especially with the display of the firearm," Hunter said.