On the morning of Thursday, April 16th, the Clay County Sheriffs Department received a call revealing that the Hermitage Springs Citizens Bank, located at 17345 Clay County Hwy, had been robbed by a man claiming to be armed.
According to Clay County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Brandon Boone, the subject walked into the bank that morning and demanded an undisclosed amount of money in a note given to the bank teller.
Though the note also indicated that the subject was carrying gun, Boone said that no weapon was seen in the surveillance footage captured during the incident.
The male subject was wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, gloves, a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
“The subject left the bank in a blue and white two-tone Dodge pick-up truck,” Boone remarked. “The vehicle was later found to have been stolen out of Red Boiling Springs.”
Boone also noted that the vehicle used in the robbery was reported stolen by the owner just minutes before, or during, the robbery.
Last Thursday’s robbery marks the fourth time the Citizens Bank Hermitage Springs Branch has been robbed, the last time being around 10 years ago, according to Boone.
Police discovered during their investigation that the stolen vehicle used during the robbery was later dumped on Bakerton Rd. in Hermitage Springs.
Assisting the Clay County Sheriffs Department in the pursuit of the suspect were the Macon County Sheriffs Department, the Red Boiling Springs Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriffs Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the FBI.
Baring an undeniable resemblance to the robbery reported in the Chronicle last January at the South Central Bank of Gamaliel in Monroe County, Kentucky, police in Clay and Monroe Counties are currently working together to establish a connection between the two incidents.
The Monroe County bank robbery was committed around the same time of day, the subject wore the same typed items of clothing and a stolen vehicle was used in both cases.
If you, or someone you know, has any information regarding this case please contact the Clay County Sheriffs Department at (931) 243-3266 or the Cookeville FBI Office at 931-526-8622.