Crime Of The Week: Nov. 18, 2008 - | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

Crime Of The Week: Nov. 18, 2008

Picture taken by bank's surveillance camera Picture taken by bank's surveillance camera
Metro detective Keith Sutherland Metro detective Keith Sutherland

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Crime Stoppers offers cash for clues.

A phone call could help Metro police solve a bank robbery near Music Row.

A man armed with a handgun was caught on tape as he robbed the Bank of America on 16th Avenue South. It happened near a school in the middle of the afternoon on a busy street.

It happened just before 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 5. A man walked into the bank and held up a teller.

"He brandished a small silver-colored semi-automatic handgun and demanded money," said Metro detective Keith Sutherland.

The teller gave the gunman the money and he ran out the front door.

Witnesses told police a man matching the gunman's description jumped into a small, gray car that could have been a Toyota or Nissan. The robbery was caught on surveillance cameras.

Police said the images taken by bank surveillance cameras are clear.

Police don't think it was the robber's first time hitting a bank. 

"He showed caution coming and going from the bank," Sutherland said. "He showed very calm nerves committing the robbery and obviously this plan was well thought out."

Police said the robber was a white male in his 40s. He was about 6 feet tall and weighed around 160 pounds. He wore blue jeans, a long sleeve button-up shirt and a light baseball hat.

Police said it's important to get this man off the street.

"Based on the fact he carried a weapon would lead me to believe that if his demands were not met in other bank robberies or possibly in this one he wouldn't hesitate in using that weapon," Sutherland said.

If anyone has information that can help police solve the robbery, call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Callers can remain anonymous. The information could be worth up to $1,000.

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