North Augusta man arrested for multiple bank robberies

North Augusta man arrested for multiple bank robberies
North Augusta Public Safety investigators are asking for help from the public to identify this suspect in the armed robbery of South State Bank.
North Augusta Public Safety investigators are asking for help from the public to identify this suspect in the armed robbery of South State Bank.

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - Investigators believe Frank Douglas is responsible for at least three bank robberies in just the past month. The North Augusta native was arrested in Greenville, South Carolina on December 12.

Authorities say the bank robberies started with South State Bank in North Augusta on November 29th and on the next day another robbery at BB&T Bank on Georgia Highway in Conyers. Then most recently this month a Bank of America in Athen-Clarke County. The FBI says a man who appears to be Frank Douglas approached bank tellers in the banks and gave them a note demanding money and threatening to harm them.

North Augusta Public Safety, Conyers Police Department, Athens-Clarke County Police Department and Special Agents with the FBI worked together on the investigation.

58-year-old Frank Douglas who was wanted in connection to the South State Bank robbery in North Augusta is also wanted for several other bank robberies. The FBI is referring to him as a serial bank robber. These robberies occurred in Athens and Conyers, GA. In these robberies, he allegedly had a handgun and threatened to shoot employees.

This man is considered ARMED and DANGEROUS. He is known to stay at budget hotels and motels located near interstates. He may also stay in homeless shelters. This is a joint investigation between Athens-Clarke County Police, Conyers Police, and the FBI.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Douglas, please any of the above-mentioned authorities.

Athens-Clarke County Police, tel: 706-613-3330

Conyers Police, tel: 770-483-6600

FBI, tel: 770-216-3000

UPDATE: North Augusta Public Safety has identified the man wanted for robbing the South State Bank on Georgia Avenue as Frank Douglas, a resident of North Augusta. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

If you have any information on Douglas whereabouts, please contact NAPS at 803-279-2121.

The North Augusta Department of Public Safety is hoping that photos taken Monday afternoon during an armed robbery will help identify and capture the suspect involved in the crime.

Shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, the suspect entered South State Bank on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Buena Vista Avenue. According to a press release, the suspect demanded all money from the register while threatening the teller with immediate physical harm. The suspect then left the bank on foot and headed south on Georgia Road with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male with a medium build and 5'8 tall. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket over a white shirt with a green striped collared shirt.

The Aiken County Bloodhound Team and the FBI are both responding to assist in the investigation.

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