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Macon woman recalls seeing robbery suspect pass her by in Burger King parking lot

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Renee Bedgood of Macon was in the parking lot of a Burger King when a man suspected in the nearby robbery of American Pride Bank on Forsyth Road passed by within about five feet of her late Tuesday morning.

Bedgood said she recognized him from photos later released by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

“Little did I know two doors down that he’d robbed a bank,” Bedgood recalled. “But it’s kind of scary to be that close to something you don’t ever think that you’ll be around.”

Described as a white male, bald headed with a goatee, the suspect was wearing a blue ball cap, white or gray shirt and blue pants when he walked into the bank at 4511 Forsyth Road and handed a bank teller a note demanding money just before 11 a.m., according to a sheriff’s office news release.

He then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash in the direction of the Burger King where Bedgood was standing outside of a pickup truck waiting for her 2-year-old grandson to hand her his drink.

Her husband moments before had strapped their grandson into his car seat in the backseat of the truck and had gone around to the driver’s side when he had spotted the man, now shirtless and hatless, walking quickly towards them.

Her husband alerted her to the man, Bedgood said. As she looked up, the man was passing by the tailgate of their truck.

The man never looked up as he continued walking quickly through the parking lot and toward a nearby hill, Bedgood said.

At the foot of the hill, he put on a dark blue shirt and then ran up a hill. A train with open cargo doors was passing nearby as he disappeared over the hill, Bedgood said.

Both she and her husband were suspicious of the man when they first saw him based on the way he was walking. He was also breathing heavy and sweating as if he’d been running, Bedgood said.

“He was so focused,” Bedgood said. “That’s what caught my attention more than anything.”

The robbery marks the third robbery of a bank or credit union within the last two months in Macon. In the other two, the suspects drove through the drive-thru and handed notes to tellers.

In those bank robberies, the black female suspect in the robbery of the Robins Financial Credit Union on Hartley Bridge Road on April 6 and the black male suspect in the robbery of the Mid-South Federal Credit Union on Hartley Bridge Road on May 16 both wore masks. The vehicle description was also similar.

The latest robbery is not believed to be related to the first and second, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s office at 478-751-7500, or call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

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