Armed robbers storm Rivergate bank

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7:58pm
Staff reports

A pair of masked men with guns raised stormed into a Gallatin Pike bank at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in what was likely one of the more violent bank robberies in recent months.

The two suspects, whose faces were covered by white plastic masks, ordered employees and customers to the floor at the Fifth Third Bank branch on 2347 Gallatin Pike.

Security cameras showed the men entering the bank with guns drawn.

One of the suspects jumped over the counter and took cash from the tellers’ drawers, police said.

Unfortunately, bank robberies have become all too common to Metro police. Five Davidson County banks were robbed in August.

In most instances, the suspects — occasionally armed — enter, present a demand note, receive cash from the teller and leave the bank.

The suspects in the Gallatin Pike robbery, described only as white men, fled in an older white Volvo sedan.

Anyone who has information concerning the robbery is urged to contact Detective Keith Sutherland with the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force at 232-7500 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

4 Comments on this post:

By: girliegirl on 9/15/10 at 7:29

I can remember the days when there was a security officer at every bank I used....but why they have stopped doing that escapes logic.

By: gid on 9/15/10 at 9:34

Perhaps the banks do not want a shootout to happen? I bet they would rather have the money taken than customers shot up

By: yucchhii on 9/15/10 at 11:49

here are some reasons why there is no security gaurd. A security gaurd with a gun visible years ago was thought by patrons to be a deterant for any potential bank robber. BUT, little did patrons know that the security gaurds gun was ONLY for show! When a robbery happened, the gaurd was NOT at liberty to draw his gun. NO MATTER WHAT! Especially in some of the older banks that have marble walss and counters. That would make it even worse, If anyone were to shoot a gun in that envirement, the bullit, if it missed it's intended target, would ricochette of the marble and COULD hit an INNOCENT person. To many potential dangers to having an armed gaurd. Unarmed gaurds would accomplish nothing in a bank also.

By: Writeman on 9/15/10 at 12:00

When clearly seeing an apparent robbery suspect enter the bank with such a face mask, why oh why don't bank personnel immediately summon police by a "hot button", or some such other device??? It appears they are all just sitting ducks. Or, is it just that banks want to make sure the bad guys are out of the bank so as to avoid any in-bank carnage. That would make sense, but officers could still be summoned immediately and conceal themselves until the robbers are well out of the bank and approaching their getaway vehicle, etc.