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Coffee County Bank robbed Friday; suspect in custody

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm

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Manchester Police Department Chief Investigator Billy Butler discuses possible directions of travel following the Friday afternoon holdup of Coffee County Bank on the Murfreesboro Hwy. Pictured are Officers Dustan Foster, Tyler Hickerson, Investigators Jason Kennedy, Stuart Colwell and Coffee County Sheriff Department Investigator Danny Farrell. 

The case of a Friday afternoon bank robbery at Coffee County Bank on the Murfreesboro Highway in Manchester may have been solved in less than two hours, according to the police report.

According to Manchester Police Chief Mark Yother, Wesley Todd Bingham, 33, of Main Street Apartments and formerly of Antioch, is charged with robbery after he allegedly entered the downtown branch of Coffee County Bank around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon wearing a dark hoodie, gloves and dark glasses.

“He handed the teller a note demanding money,” Yother said. After the teller complied and handed him money, the man left the bank and got into a dark colored Nissan and drove away. But he did not go far as witnesses placed him at the nearby Henley Apartments, according to the chief. According to Mapquest, the distance between the two buildings is 0.13 miles.

After Manchester police and Coffee County Sheriff Dept. deputies arrived at the apartments and spoke with Bingham about the robbery, the officers transported him to the Coffee County Jail for more questioning and possible charges.

The arrest happened approximately 1 1/2 hours after the robbery had taken place. According to Yother, investigators obtained a search warrant for the apartment that Bingham was staying in and conducted a search.

“After searching the apartment we recovered the stolen cash,” chief investigator Billy Butler said Friday night.

“This arrest could not have happened as quickly as it did without the cooperation of the Manchester Police Department and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, as well as assistance from FBI agent Richard Poff,” Yother said.

Bingham is being held in the Coffee County Jail on a charge of aggravated robbery and has a bond of $100,000.