Two suspects in a Fayetteville bank robbery didn’t make it very far with the cash before their scheme blew up in their face. Though they dumped the cash, the two remained on the loose Thursday afternoon shortly after the robbery occurred.
According to Lt. Mike Whitlow of the Fayetteville Police Department, the robbery occurred around 1:30 p.m. at the Bank of North Georgia on Burch Road.
Video surveillance showed once suspect, a black male wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and hat, allegedly giving a note to a teller and then leaving with cash in a bag.
According to Whitlow, the note read “I have a gun give me the money or I will shoot.”
The suspect was given the money and proceeded to get into a car driven by a separate suspect, according to witnesses. The two did not even make it out of the parking area in the back of the bank, however, before a dye pack in the bag exploded, causing them to discard the bag and drive east on Highway 54.
Whitlow said that when dye packs explode it is “really hot” and likely would cause some burning, like a hot water burn. He said the dye, which in this case was red, would be obvious all over the interior of the car and on the suspects.
“It goes off and it goes everywhere,” Whitlow said of the dye packs. He said nearby authorities had been told to look out for the vehicle, which appeared from surveillance photos to be a 4-door sedan that was gray or champagne in color, though the vehicle description was not exact.
As of 3 p.m. Thursday the suspects had not been located.