Attempted robbery suspect arrested

Posted By | February 14, 2009 12:00 am

A White County man has been arrested and charged in connection with the attempted bank robbery Feb. 12 of First National Bank in Sparta.

According to Investigator Travis Barker, of Sparta Police Department, Justin Robb, 24, “turned himself in” and now faces charges of theft over $500 and aggravated robbery.
At approximately 1 p.m. Friday, Robb, along with his father, reportedly agreed to meet with FBI agents on Highway 56, in Smithville. He was transported to Sparta and released into Barker’s custody.
Barker stated he had gathered information about the suspected robber, who tellers described as a short, heavy-set male in his mid-to-late 20’s.
 “He came into the bank wearing an Electronics Express bag over his head with the eyes and mouth cut out of it,” said Barker. “He came up to the counter and said, ‘Give me the money.’ The tellers kind of laughed at him.”
The man reportedly jumped up onto the counter on his knees, with a knife in his hand.
 “But, still, the tellers didn’t pay him much attention, and he seemed to get discouraged,” stated Barker. “Then he got off the counter and he turned and he walked out of the bank.”
Barker said the man reportedly left in a tan late 90’s model Mercury Mystic.
Police had received a call about a similar vehicle stolen from a parking area on Churchill Drive. Investigators were able to connect the vehicle to the attempted bank robbery.
Robb was booked on a $25,000 bond at the White County Justice Center.

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