A multijurisdictional manhunt is now underway for a serial bank robber who police say crossed state lines to rob two banks in two counties within 72 hours.
A bank robber from Pickens County, South Carolina crossed into Georgia to commit two bank robberies. Police have released photos of the man, Sidney Alan McCollum, 42, and a truck he may be driving.
According to investigators, McCollum is responsible for robbing two Georgia banks within the past week, one in Gainesville and one in Toccoa.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports:
“The first robbery happened just before noon on Wednesday at the Northeast Georgia Bank on Big a Road in Toccoa. Police said the suspect went up to the teller and gave her a note stating it was a robbery and demanded money.”
Police have not disclosed the amount of cash McCollum made off with in either robbery.
Fox 5 Atlanta also released details about the second robbery, writing:
“Investigators said the robber struck again Friday just after noon, this time at the Wells Fargo in the 1300 block of Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.
Once again, the suspect, who investigators at that point said they identified as McCollum, handed the teller a note, again making off with an undisclosed amount of money.”
According to the investigators, the robber fled the scene on foot after both robberies. Luckily, after the second robbery, security cameras were able to track McCollum to a stolen white 1997 Ford F-350 dual-rear-wheel pickup truck, which was parked behind the Publix near Enota Avenue.
Police have also released a description of McCollum, stating that he is 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighs 210 pounds, and has a medium to stocky build with brown hair and a beard. He may still be driving the stolen truck.
Anyone who has any information is being asked to call the Gainesville Police Department at 770-534-5251 or the Toccoa Police Department at 706-282-3236 or 706-282-3302.