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Oakland Bank Robbed At Gunpoint

The suspect is described as a black male around 6 feet tall.

By David Howell

Editor


OAKLAND – Authorities from multiple agencies are investigating an armed bank robbery at the BancorpSouth branch on Oak Street in Oakland Friday afternoon after a lone gunman entered the bank and stole over $13,000.

Oakland Police Chief Russ Smith reported that one arrest has been in connection with the investigation after Cornelius Bradford was charged Tuesday night for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bradford is currently in custody in the Yalobusha County Detention Center. 

Smith also said evidence has been collected that provides strong leads in the case. 

“We have submitted evidence to the crime lab that should bring closure to this case, it just takes time to get everything processed,” Smith explained.

Smith also said the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Mississippi Highway Patrol are assisting his department with the investigation.  

Video surveillance from inside the bank showed that the robbery occurred at 2:40 p.m. and the robber was inside the bank for less than two minutes. Smith said no customers were inside the bank at the time of the robbery. The suspect is a black male estimated to be around six feet tall. He was wearing gloves, blue jeans and a coat and had his face covered with a shirt.

Seconds after the gunman exited the bank his getaway was interrupted when multiple dye packs exploded as he ran west behind the building. The money was stashed in a bank teller’s purse the gunman grabbed while inside the bank. Both the purse and currency were hastily discarded after the dye packs exploded.

 “We were able to recover most of the money, it was scattered all over the ground behind the bank,” Sheriff Lance Humphreys added.

Authorities were also able to track the getaway after the robber discarded his clothes, also covered in red dye, at two separate locations as he fled into Tallahatchie County.

 

“He had to be naked by the time he got wherever he was going, we even found his underwear,” Humphreys said.  

Information gathered at the scene indicated the suspect may have fled in a white SUV with loud pipes. Smith said a vehicle matching that description has been recovered.

“We worked late Friday night, and stayed at it all through the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday,” Smith said about the investigation. “I appreciate the assistance from all of the departments involved.”

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