FBI: Wig-Wearing Bandits, minus the hairpieces, strike Chase Bank

On Thursday, the Chase Bank on 1250 Tech Drive in Norcross was robbed. The robbers -- two men who went inside the bank and a third behind the wheel of a get-away car -- weren’t wearing the shoulder-length black wigs this time, but federal agents said that was the only difference in Thursday’s robbery from eight others that have happened since late July.

Two men entered Chase Bank around 12:40 p.m. Thursday and ordered customers to get down on the floor. One of the men stood by, holding a weapon described as a machine pistol-type firearm, the FBI said.

The other man walked to the teller station and demanded money, but didn’t get any, the FBI said.

The men left, driving off in a gold-colored Kia Spectra. The car was reported stolen from DeKalb County on Wednesday, federal agents said.

Authorities found the car behind the bank, but the three men were nowhere in sight.

Wells Fargo said it will give a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the robbers.

The FBI believes the men are connected to a string of take-over robberies in metro Atlanta. In each incident, they were carrying guns, authorities said. They were not always wearing wigs.

On July 27 around 10:44 a.m., two men wearing wigs robbed the Wachovia at 2757 Clairmont Road.

On July 30 around 10:15 a.m., four men robbed the Chase Bank at 5552 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. The men were wearing dark clothes and ski masks, authorities said. Two of the men were carrying pistols, and a third was armed with an assault rifle.

On Aug. 16 around 10:20 a.m., two men wearing wigs robbed the Wachovia Bank at 3374 Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross.

On Aug. 20, around 1:11 p.m., two men robbed the Chase Bank at 1050 E. Piedmont Road in Marietta. The men were wearing masks but no wigs, authorities said.

On Aug. 25 around 10:40 a.m., two men robbed the Wachovia Bank at1280 Dogwood Road in Conyers. The men were wearing wigs, authorities said.

On Aug. 26, one man robbed a BB&T in Covington. Authorities did not give an address of the bank. The man drove off in a stolen silver Lexus, which police later recovered.

On Aug. 27 around 10:15 a.m., two men robbed the Chase Bank at 2079 S. Hairston Road in Decatur. The men were not wearing wigs, authorities said.

On Sept. 8, two men robbed the Wachovia Bank at 3520 Centerville Highway in Snellville.

Anyone with information should call the Atlanta office of the FBI at 404-679-9000.

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