Tip leads to arrest in bank robbery

wcrenshaw@macon.comMarch 23, 2013 

A tip from the public led to the arrest Friday of a man who allegedly robbed SunTrust Bank.

William Jeffery Lowder, 31, was arrested at a motel by U.S. Marshals, according to a Macon Police Department release. He was charged with robbery by intimidation and probation violation. It was his 10th arrest.

He is accused or robbing SunTrust Bank at 3600 Mercer University Drive on Monday. A man who made no effort to conceal his identity walked into the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. He did not display a weapon and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The release stated that a small amount of the money was recovered from his motel room, as well as the shirt he was wearing during the robbery and a small amount of marijuana. The search warrant was jointly executed by the U.S. Marshals, the Macon Police Department, and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department.

Security cameras at the bank captured a clear picture of the robber, and a Crimestopper’s tip led to the arrest at Red Roof Inn at 4951 Eisenhower Parkway. According to the release, he confessed to the robbery and said he did it because he needed the money.

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