Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Suspect Cordette Mottley is escorted into the David Bryan Justice Complex by Deputy Jeremy Hailey Thursday morning. The Panolian photo by Emily Williams

Robbery suspect quickly arrested

By John Howell Sr.
A robbery suspect apprehended less than 10 minutes after he robbed the First Security Bank’s Como branch Thursday picked a “bad day,” Como Police Chief Earl Burdette said.

“Everybody was out, troopers, deputies, the police department,” Burdette said, dealing with weather-related traffic problems when the bank’s robbery alarm alerted them.

Burdette drove north on Elder Frank Ward Avenue, one block west of the bank’s Main Street location when he spotted the suspect on Dunlap Street that extends west from Ward Avenue and dead-ends.

The Como chiefkept the Suspect in view while another officer who approaching from a different direction spotted the suspect moving between houses on Dunlap Street  to avoid being spotted by Burdette.

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The suspect eventually ran to Warren Street to apartments off Church Street where officers ,deputies and police were waiting in anticipation. The suspect was captured without incident in an alley behind one of the apartments, a trooper said.
“He dropped a bag of money behind the apartments,” the trooper said.

The suspect had also dropped a stack of money on Dunlap Street near Ward when a dye pack exploded. The red-tinged money lay on the gravel where he had dropped it as local officers waited for the arrival of an F.B.I. agent who was summoned from Oxford.

“I want to thank all the agencies responsible, the state troopers, the Panola County Sheriff’s Department,” Burdette said.