Sheriff nabs second suspect in robbery

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Arrests don’t always come this easy; especially when law enforcement officials have spent two weeks looking for a suspect.

Marengo County Sheriff Jesse Langley and his deputies made a second arrest in the Feb. 5 robbery of Robertson Bank in Thomaston after the suspect and his attorney made a trip to Langley’s office.

Charles Teacher, 20, of Greensboro, turned himself in to Langley on Friday.

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Teacher was officially charged with robbery and was being held in the Marengo County Detention Center on $25,000 bond. According to Langley, Teacher had not made bond as of press time.

Though it is unclear what role Teacher may have played in the robbery, Langley said a man walked into the Thomaston bank on Feb. 5 and handed a teller a note saying that he had a gun and wanted money. The teller opened the drawer and a suspect reached across the counter and grabbed a handful of money.

Shortly after deputies were called about the robbery, Langley and his deputies arrested Joe Ray Smith, 18, of Greensboro, and charged him in the crime. Teacher is the second suspect arrested in the robbery, but Langley said his work is not finished.

According to Robertson Bank CEO, none of his employees were injured in the robbery.

This was the second bank robbery in the area in as many months. On Jan. 7, a man robbed Community Bank in Uniontown. No suspect has been arrested in that robbery.