Cash, checks recovered, 1 arrest in Wells Fargo holdup

Gwinnett County police were able to recover more than $10,000 from a recent Wells Fargo armed bank robbery and capture one suspect, but the search continues for two others allegedly involved in the holdup, authorities said Thursday.

The bank in the 3000 block of Lawrenceville Highway was held up around 9:30 a.m. last Friday when two men armed with a handgun and shotgun ordered tellers to fill a bag with money, according to police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. The suspects got away with $12,262.09 in cash and checks, authorities said.

After a brief chase by officers responding to the holdup, the suspects abandoned the Pontiac Grand Prix they used as a getaway car and fled into woods. The duo, however, left a bag with $10,422.08 in cash and checks, a handgun and a shotgun inside the vehicle, police said.

The Pontiac was traced to one of the robbery suspects, Jamar Terrell, 26, who was arrested last Saturday and taken to Gwinnett County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.

Police also identified the second suspect inside the bank as Marcus Rutledge, 24. He is being sought along with Thomas Birdsong, 41, who police said acted as a lookout for the robbers as he sat nearby in possibly a silver 1992 Honda Accord.

Anyone with information on these suspects is asked to call the Gwinnett robbery unit detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-557-8477. Police also advise calling 911.