Bank Robber Claimed to Have Bomb, $20,000 Taken in Armed Robbery and Sheriff Asks Citizens to Contact Lawmakers

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Bomb Threat Made in Bank Robbery - Duluth Patch

Gwinnett County Police are looking for a man who is suspected of robbing a Chase Bank Monday, Feb. 18, after indicating that he had a bomb.

According to a press release emailed Tuesday afternoon, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said the robbery was reported at the Chase Bank at 3780 Old Norcross Road in unincorporated Duluth around 1:15 p.m. Monday.

"The suspect gave a note to a teller indicating that he had a bomb and wanted money," Smith wrote.

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Atlanta Police Investigators have released a photo of a key suspect in an armed robbery that netted $20,000. A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible.

According to APD officers, "on 02/13/2013 at 12:20 PM, two suspects robbed the victim at gunpoint at 1960 Perkerson Road SW." The department has said that the victim works for some sort of ATM delivery service and "picks-up and delivers money for ATM machines."

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Sheriff: Legislation Will Help Criminals Who 'Poison Our Loved Ones With Illicit Drugs' - Barrow Patch

Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith has asked citizens to contact legislators regarding a bill he says would negatively impact law enforcement efforts to curtail the drug trade.

"One of the most valuable tools we have in law enforcement that really does affect the illicit drug dealers and other criminals who reap the rewards of tax free profits has been our search and seizure laws," Smith said. 

"This year in the legislature there is an effort in your General Assembly that will make it much more difficult for law enforcement across the state to seize and condemn the money and proceeds of criminals," he added. "It is known as HOUSE BILL 1 and it is 92 pages long. This bill attacks our current search and seizure laws which have been upheld in appellate courts. This bill will do nothing but help those criminals who profit from poisoning our loved ones with illicit drugs."

Read more on Barrow Patch.


Man Arrested For Allegedly 'Sexting' Tucker Student - Tucker Patch

A man arrested on suspicion of sending explicit messages to a Tucker girl via cell phone regularly attended the same church as the 14-year-old's family.

Jose Rocha-Mata of Norcross is charged with child molestation, and terroristic threats and acts. 

Tucker Patch has the full story.


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