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Misidentified deputy sparks bank robbery alarm

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 15, 2021 - 8:28 PM

An alleged bank robbery was started and ended by local law enforcement.

On Friday afternoon, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a silent alarm at the Bank of America located at 10 Glenda Trace in Sharpsburg. Attempted phone calls were made to the bank while the deputies were en route to get an update on the alarm.

As deputies arrived, a customer inside the bank spotted a uniformed deputy approaching the front door holding his patrol rifle, according to Inv. Toby Nix with the sheriff’s office.

The customer mistakenly alerted customers and bank employees that the bank was being robbed and for everyone to get on the ground, according to Nix. At this point, multiple employees pressed their alarms and called 911 to report an armed robbery taking place.

Despite reports of a hostage situation, law enforcement was able to enter the bank and confirm no robbery or hostage situation had taken place. No customers, bank employees or Coweta County Sheriff’s Office personnel were harmed during the event.

It’s uncertain how the initial silent alarm was triggered, Nix said.