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Bessemer police release photos of bank robbery suspects

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This is the suspect Bessemer Police believe robbed a bank inside the Wal-Mart on Academy Drive on Thursday. Source: Bessemer PD This is the suspect Bessemer Police believe robbed a bank inside the Wal-Mart on Academy Drive on Thursday. Source: Bessemer PD
Police say a black male accomplice was seen leaving the Wal-Mart with the bank robbery suspect. Source: Bessemer PD Police say a black male accomplice was seen leaving the Wal-Mart with the bank robbery suspect. Source: Bessemer PD
A Jefferson County sheriff's vehicle is on the scene at the Bessemer Wal-Mart. The Wood Forest National Bank, located inside the Wal-Mart, was robbed at 10:03 a.m. Thursday. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC A Jefferson County sheriff's vehicle is on the scene at the Bessemer Wal-Mart. The Wood Forest National Bank, located inside the Wal-Mart, was robbed at 10:03 a.m. Thursday. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) -

Police are investigating the possible connection between a bank robbery at the Bessemer Wal-Mart and a bomb threat at the Hueytown Wal-Mart on Thursday morning.

A bank located inside the Bessemer Wal-Mart was robbed at approximately 10:03 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, the FBI confirms.

FBI spokesman Paul Daymond said a white male handed a note to a teller at the Wood Forest National Bank, which is inside the Wal-Mart at 750 Academy Drive in Bessemer.

Bessemer deputy police chief Mike Roper said the suspect claimed he had a bomb when he told the teller to hand over cash.

"As far as we can tell, a white male approached the teller, handed her a note demanding money and also with the threat of having a bomb and he said he would blow it up if she didn't hand over the money," Roper said.

The man did not reveal a weapon but kept his hand in his pocket, according to the FBI. He left the bank with an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspect is described as clean shaven, between 5'7" and 5'8" and wearing a black jacket with a hoodie, a green shirt and blue jeans.

The FBI believes the suspect left in a four door gray or tan Toyota Camry-type car with dark door handles. Authorities don't know which direction the suspect fled. No one is in custody.

Deputy Chief Roper says they are investigating a possible connection between the bank robbery to a bomb threat that was made at the Hueytown Wal-Mart around the same time.

"We are looking to see if there is any connection with the bomb threat that happened at the [Hueytown] Wal-Mart, which occurred somewhere between 9:30 and maybe 9:40 this morning. We received a call from Hueytown regarding that incident and we are trying to see if there is any connection," Deputy Chief Roper said.

Police also believe two suspects were involved in the Bessemer bank robbery. Bessemer police released a surveillance photo of a black male who was seen leaving the Wal-Mart with the bank robbery suspect.

Bessemer police are also checking to see if there is any connection between Thursday's bomb threat and bank robbery and multiple bomb threats called into Hueytown and Pleasant Grove schools last Friday. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible link between the school bomb threats and a robbery around the same time at the Rock Creek Pharmacy in west Jefferson County.

Anyone with information about the suspect's identity is asked to call Bessemer Police at 205-425-2411 or leave an anonymous tip at 205-428-3541.

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