VALDOSTA – On March 10, 2017 at approximately 3:54 pm, Lowndes County Emergency 911 received an emergency call that the Southwest Georgia Bank was being robbed.
Uniformed patrol officers with the Valdosta Police Department began responding to the scene while additional information was being obtained. Dispatch advised units over the radio system that the offender, a white male subject, had fled the area in a black Chevrolet truck. The offender had reportedly left the scene, heading out of town on North Valdosta Road.
When officers at the bank began speaking with witnesses on scene, it was reported that the offender later identified as Charlie Smith, entered the bank and demanded money. The employees obeyed Smith’s demands and he left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Detectives with the Valdosta Police Department and Crime Scene Technicians with the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory were also called to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Within minutes of the first call, the vehicle was intercepted by both the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and Valdosta Police near the intersection of North Valdosta Road and Old Hwy 41. The offender was taken into custody without further incident. Smith was taken to the Valdosta Police Department for questioning and was later transported to the Lowndes County Jail. An arrest warrant had been signed for Smith for Armed Robbery.
Due to the incident location being a bank, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also responded and will consider additional Federal Charges as well.
“The Valdosta Police Department would like commend the efforts by the witnesses to this incident in having the courage to keep calm and relay the necessary information to the emergency dispatcher. VPD is also grateful for the support of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this incident” Said Lieutenant Bembry.
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