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Adel Bank Robbery Suspect In Custody

By: Eames Yates; Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Email
By: Eames Yates; Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Email

By: Eames Yates
April 12, 2013

Adel, GA - Fifty seven year old Donald Mims is being charged with robbing the Heritage Bank in Adel on Thursday around noon.

Adel Police Sargent Jonathan Blake said "there was no gun brandished, there was nobody taken by force. He simply walked into the bank and demanded money from a teller. In which the teller cooperated and the suspect left the bank without incident."

Cops say he got onto I-75 heading south... That's when he was spotted by Lowndes County Sheriff's deputies. They pulled him over and took him into custody without incident.

Lieutenant Stryde Jones of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office said "there was specific evidence found in the car that linked him to the bank robbery in Adel and potentially evidence that might link him to other bank robberies."

Sargent Blake went on to say "there are agencies in Florida that are looking at this suspect as a person of interest in several unsolved bank robberies and robberies of cash advance stores."

Mims was taken to the Lowndes County jail where investigators, including the FBI questioned him. The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says he admitted to robbing the bank in Adel.

Adel resident Bryant Cobb said "it's good that no one got hurt and that law enforcement stepped up and did they're job and got the person."

Mims is currently being held in the Cook County Jail. He's been charged with robbery and theft by taking. More charges could be brought.


Press Release: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

At 1143 hours the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office received a look out in reference to a bank robbery that occurred the Heritage Bank in Adel, Georgia.

After receiving the look out, deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle and suspect matching the description and conducted a traffic stop at approx. the 11 mile marker on Interstate 75 and were able to place the suspect into custody without incident.

Several pieces of evidence were located with the vehicle and the suspect is actively being interviewed at the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office by investigators with the Adel Police Department and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Further charges could be pending in numerous other jurisdictions.

Sheriff Prine commented on the excellent cooperative effort and communication between agencies that lead to the quick apprehension of this person.

At this time, no photograph is available but will be provided as soon as possible.


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