Police release picture of Germantown robbery suspect

Police investigate robbery outside Germantown bank
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC) - Germantown Police Department released a picture of a man who robbed someone outside a Germantown bank Thursday morning.

According to Germantown Police Department, a person tried to make a deposit at the First Tennessee Bank on Winchester Road just after 7 a.m.

The robbery happened before the bank opened.

A man approached the victim and took out a gun, demanding a deposit bag.

After taking the money, the robber ran off with an unknown amount of cash.

"I'm concerned because my husband works close to here," Becki Edlin said.

Others are saying the crime is a bold move, with it being early in the morning and in daylight.

"It's pretty bold," Brandon Day, who works near the bank, said. "Everybody's getting ready to go to work. That's pretty bold to do anything like that."

Experts said there are some things you can do to stay safe when using an ATM.

They said to keep deposit envelopes at home and have the deposit ready when you arrive at the bank. This reduces the time you spend at the ATM.

Also, keep your car running and your doors locked, and position your car for a quick getaway.

Experts also advise you give the robber what he or she wants, if it comes to that.

Day has advice of his own for people:

"Make sure there are a lot of people around. Make sure the banks are open, I would say."

A First Tennessee Bank spokesperson said to "keep your eyes open" when you are at the bank.

Always be aware of your surroundings and anything that looks suspicious.

Germantown Police Department released a picture of the suspect. He appears to be wearing purple, but police said that is just a trick of the light. They said he was wearing all black with a mask covering his face.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Germantown Crime Stoppers at 901-757-CASH or by emailing tips@germantown-tn.gov.

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