Bank robbery suspects arrested; State troopers pick up pair in Cobb County after alert
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December 08, 2012 12:00 AM | 5384 views | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cherokee Bank in Woodstock was the scene of an attempted robbery on Friday morning. Two would-be robbers fled the scene after a bank employee’s scream scared them away, the bank’s president said. Two suspects were later apprehended by state troopers in Cobb County.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
The Cherokee Bank in Woodstock was the scene of an attempted robbery on Friday morning. Two would-be robbers fled the scene after a bank employee’s scream scared them away, the bank’s president said. Two suspects were later apprehended by state troopers in Cobb County.
Staff/Todd Hull
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WOODSTOCK — Two suspects believed by authorities to be involved with an attempted armed robbery at Cherokee Bank in Woodstock on Friday morning are in custody.

The two suspects were identified as Thomas Gasque, 21, of Decatur and Michael Moore, 21, of Stone Mountain by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

They are both charged with armed robbery, criminal attempt at armed robbery, and motor vehicle hijacking, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office.

Woodstock Police believe the two were also involved in a carjacking at the nearby Lowe’s Home Improvement on Highway 92 just prior to the attempted robbery, said Brittany Duncan with the Woodstock Police Department.

After the carjacking attempt, a man wearing a black mask entered the bank at at 159 Woodstock Square Avenue and started yelling, “give me the money,” Cherokee Bank President Dennis Burnette said.

Burnette said when bank tellers screamed, the man panicked and left the bank without taking any money.

Rick Roberts, CFO of Cherokee Bank, said one of the suspects jumped over the counter while attempting to commit the robbery.

“No one was injured, just shaken up,” Roberts said.

Roberts said the alleged robber was in and out of the bank in about 30 seconds and nothing was taken from the building.

“It was an unsuccessful robbery attempt,” Roberts said

Woodstock police then obtained a description of the vehicle carjacked earlier and a plate number and sent it out via a “be on the lookout” alert. Duncan said the vehicle was soon found unoccupied nearby and they believed a second car was involved.

The Georgia State Patrol took the men in custody in neighboring Cobb County.

“Right now, we have units en route to I-75 and I-285 where (Georgia State Patrol) believes they have the suspects stopped,” Duncan said Friday morning.
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Prefer Anonymous
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December 08, 2012
Truth be told, a customer pulled up at the tellers window just as robber jumped counter. The women screamed and the customer immediately called 911. The customer's arrival and immediate action is what foiled the robbery. The robber saw the customer at the window on the cell phone, jumped the counter and fled. The customer was already on the phone with 911 reporting robbery and followed the vehicle giving the description and tag number. No calls had been received by 911 until this customer called. How do I know? Because it was someone very close to me who is also a 27 year recently retired Soldier, and a tough one at that. They would never want to be identified for obvious reasons but I want to say, since no one else will: thanks for what you did. Who knows what would have happened if you wouldn't have pulled up right then and there and took the immediate action you did. There is a God.
Just Wait
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December 08, 2012
What a couple of blazing idiots.
No One
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December 10, 2012
Not idiots. People do crazy things all the time. Never know what people are going thru.
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