Rifle-wielding bandits hit Burkville bank

Burkville, AL (WSFA) - Two men armed with assault rifles are the target of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after pulling off a well planned bank robbery.

The heist happened at the Bancorp South Bank on Highway 80 in Burkville Friday morning.

According to the FBI, two men walked into the bank wearing ski masks, military jackets and possibly even bullet proof vests.

The rifle-wielding robbers demanded money, but when tellers refused them entry into the teller area the FBI says the men grabbed a customer.

Employees quickly complied and gave the robbers the money.

"They were articulate. They were calm," said Margaret Faulkner of the FBI's Montgomery field office, adding with a chuckle that the men bungled what profit they might've gained when the went out the door. They dropped the money on the ground.

Officials say the men then stole a customer's vehicle and fled the scene. While the vehicle was later recovered, the men are still at large.

While they dropped the money on the ground, their actions are still very serious. " They were dressed for action," Faulkner said.

If you have any information you are asked to call 911 immediately.

WSFA 12 News will have more information as it becomes available.