Shotgun-toting robbers storm south Nashville bank

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 7:43pm
Staff reports

In a new twist on what’s becoming a familiar story, three masked individuals stormed a south Nashville bank Wednesday afternoon, Metro Police said.

Surveillance video from Fifth Third Bank’s Nashboro Village branch shows three suspects, at least one of them armed with a shotgun, coming through the front doors of the Murfreesboro Pike bank at 4:48 p.m., police said.

The suspects demanded cash and the tellers complied, according to police. As the suspects fled from the bank, dye bombs exploded, causing them to drop some of the money, police said. No getaway vehicle was seen.

Police released very limited descriptions of the suspects: One of the robbers is heavyset. The others have medium builds.

Metro Police are working with members of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force to locate suspects in this and a rash of other bank robberies that have plagued Nashville.

Wednesday’s bank robbery is the second this week and the sixth since Thanksgiving, according to police. The most recent robbery is the first time more than one suspect has entered the bank.

Anyone seeing the suspects flee the area of the bank, or anyone having information about them, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Those who contact Crime Stoppers qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.