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Bank robbed in Galax

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Police searching for suspect

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Police on Friday afternoon were looking for a suspect in a robbery at Carter Bank & Trust on East Stuart Drive.

The robbery occurred around 5:08 p.m. on July 7.

According to preliminary reports, the suspect entered the bank and demanded $50 and $100 bills. Reports did not indicate if the man was armed.

Witnesses said the suspect carried the money in his hands.

He reportedly left on foot through the rear of the bank, going into a wooded area between the bank and nearby Northway Apartments on Eastview Street.

Police released a description of the suspect, who was wearing a yellow hat and sunglasses, a long-sleeved shirt and dark pants. Witnesses said he was 5' 3” tall with a dark complexion and a thin beard.

His left hand was fully bandaged, police said.

Investigators were able to get a photo of the suspect after reviewing security camera images from the bank.

Galax police secured the bank, began searching for the suspect and went house-to-house to talk to people in the area.

Officers reported that a red pickup stopped on Eastview Street, backed up and drove off when approached by police. Later, police checked security video at Cockerham's and Advance Auto Parts on East Stuart Drive to see if their exterior cameras caught an image of the suspect vehicle.

Virginia State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office were assisting with the search and at least two tracking dogs were brought in.

The suspect was still at large on Friday night.

While the investigation in Galax was underway, police received a report that a bank in Wytheville had been robbed. Capt. James Cox of the Galax Police Department said local officers shared information with police in Wytheville to see if the two incidents were connected.

Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect, or who has seen the suspect in the area, can call (276) 236-8101. Callers may remain anonymous.

See Wednesday's edition of The Gazette or galaxgazette.com for more on this story.