Valdosta Daily Times

February 19, 2014

Police identify suspect in bank robbery

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Based on citizen tips from surveillance photos, police have named a suspect in the Valentine’s Day robbery of a Valdosta bank.

Authorities are looking for Eric Bernard Davis of Valdosta, a 28-year-old, black male, in connection with the Friday morning robbery of BB&T Bank at 2901 N. Ashley St., according to the Valdosta Police Department.

The man in the robbery is also described as being about six feet tall with a thin build. At the time of the robbery, he wore all dark clothing, and a zippered hoodie. He carried a tan satchel.

On Friday afternoon, Valdosta police released surveillance photos of the robber from inside and outside of the bank.

The VPD also released a photo of the blue or green Dodge Intrepid used as a getaway car.

“An arrest warrant for robbery was signed against Davis (Monday) after multiple tips were received from citizens who had identified him through the pictures sent to the media,” according to the VPD Tuesday. “Detectives with the Valdosta Police Department followed up on the tips and positively identified Davis as the offender.”

If seen, authorities urge citizens not to approach David but instead call 911.

On Friday morning, a man entered the BB&T Bank.

He approached the counter and passed a note to a bank teller, according to initial reports.

The note demanded money. The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber fled the bank on foot, heading north from the bank, which is located past the Hardee’s at the corner of Ashley and Northside Drive, and a short distance south of Five Points.

Police discovered surveillance footage of him entering the Dodge and driving away. He appeared to be alone in the vehicle.

No one was injured in the robbery.  

At 9:54 p.m., the teller hit the alarm button and police responded to the scene. Investigators and the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Lab technicians worked the crime scene.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has assisted in this case.

If anyone has additional information related to this case, they may contact the Valdosta Police Department, (229) 293-3145; or remain anonymous, (229) 293-3091.