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Suspect in 2 Georgia bank robberies arrested in South Carolina

Authorities have arrested a man they say was responsible for bank robberies in metro Atlanta, Athens and South Carolina.

Athens-Clarke County police and FBI agents arrested Frank Douglas, 58, on Tuesday in South Carolina, police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said in an emailed statement.

Douglas was arrested on an unrelated charge, Rodriguez said. However, authorities “were able to confirm” Douglas was responsible for robberies in Conyers, Athens and North Augusta, S.C.

Earlier, Athens police were seeking Douglas for questioning about a Dec. 5 robbery at a Bank of America branch, according to the statement. A man went into the bank and passed a note to a teller that demanded money, Rodriguez said.

Douglas is also thought to be responsible for a robbery at the BB&T branch on Ga. 20 in Conyers on Nov. 30, police spokesman Buck Vaughn said.

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Police also are seeking a woman in her 60s who was driving a car that the man got into after the robbery, Rodriguez said. She is believed to be from the Monroe area and may have just met Douglas on U.S. 78 while giving him a ride to Athens. They do not believe the woman was knowingly involved in the robbery.

“Detectives would like to speak with the female to obtain any information she can provide about Frank Douglas and the activities on that day,” Rodriguez said.

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