BREAKING NEWS:Wachovia Bank robbed

By: Jenna Nielsen, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn Police are searching for a bank robber who took an undisclosed amount of money from Wachovia Bank in Auburn Friday afternoon. The suspect, described as an African American male between 5 foot 8 inches to 5 foot 11 inches tall in his late 20s to early 30s, was last seen running south along the grass toward Elm Avenue, away from the bank located in the Auburn Town Center, Auburn Police officials said. The suspect reportedly got into a late model white, four-door sedan on west boung Elm Avenue and left the area in an unknown direction of travel. The suspect was wearing a long-sleeved collared shirt, possibly blue with pin-stripes, and is de-scribed as medium build with short to balding hair. The suspect reportedly stood in line and waited his turn before approaching a teller and indicating he was armed. Sgt. Dale Hutchins of the Auburn Police Department said no weapon was seen. Lt. Scott Burns of the Auburn Police Department said it is not uncommon for a suspect to have help from a second person, but it is unknown whether anyone else was involved at this time. Cool resident Sean Bondar was inside the bank meeting with his loan officer. He said he witnessed nothing unusual and wasn’t aware the bank was even being robbed. “I didn’t know what happened,” Bondar said. “I was meeting with my loan officer and next thing I know they wouldn’t let me leave the bank.” Auburn resident Mclan Currie was sitting outside of Starbucks enjoying his afternoon coffee when he saw the suspect leave the bank. “He just walked out,” Currie said. “He looked like he was college-aged. You never would think he just robbed a bank. He just walked out.” Police continued to search the area Friday afternoon. The Journal’s Jenna Nielsen can be reached at or comment on this story at