McCracken Co. bank robbery suspect identified, taken into custody in Ill.

Paducah bank robbery suspect found in Metropolis
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 10:24 AM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 7:58 AM CDT
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A bank robbery suspect has been taken into custody.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, the man accused of robbing the FNB Bank on was taken into custody in Metropolis, Illinois on Tuesday afternoon, May 10.

Chief Deputy Ryan Norman, with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, said detectives identified the suspect as 66-year-old Reginald Thomas, which led them to Metropolis. Thomas was found after a manhunt and taken into custody without any problems.

Earlier in the day, around 9:45 a.m., deputies say a man wearing a COVID-19-style mask and green gloves walked into the FNB Bank, on the 3000 block of Lone Oak Road, with a shovel and robbed the bank.

The suspect demanded the teller to give him money from the drawer, and he then ran away from the bank with money.

Norman said they found evidence connecting the suspect to the robbery, including a shovel taken into evidence earlier early in the investigation.

After viewing surveillance video from the bank and neighboring businesses, detectives determined that when the suspect ran away from the bank, he returned to his vehicle in the area.

This led them to the Metropolis area.

The Metropolis Police Department found the suspect’s vehicle, but he was not in it.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, officers arrested Thomas in Metropolis.

McCracken County FNB Bank robbery suspect in custody

Posted by McCracken County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office says Thomas is currently is on federal parole for an earlier bank robbery conviction.

When Thomas is extradited back to Kentucky, the sheriff’s office said he will be charged with robbery first degree, a class B felony.

The Paducah Police Department, Metropolis Police Department and the FBI assisted in the investigation.

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