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FBI, police searching for Vonore bank robbery suspect

The robbery was reported at the Simmons Bank at 1215 Highway 411 North in Vonore Friday morning.

VONORE, Tenn. — Officials are searching for a suspect in connection with a bank robbery reported in Vonore Friday morning.

FBI Special Agents along with the Vonore Police Department are searching for the ‘Bluetooth Bandit’ suspect wanted in a robbery reported at the Simmons Bank at 1215 Highway 411 North in Vonore.

Around 10:27 a.m., the male suspect entered the credit union, approached a teller, and demanded money, officials said. The teller complied with the demand. 

Credit: FBI - TN

According to a release, the suspect fled the bank on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 40s to early ’50s, is approximately between 5'10 and 6'. 

The suspect was wearing a black knit gaiter over his face and a camouflage trucker’s style hat with a Caterpillar "CAT” logo on the front. 

The back of the hat was mesh-style and was a bright yellow or green in color.

He was also wearing a gray zip-up jacket with dark pants and dark shoes. 

Officials said that the suspect was also wearing a Bluetooth headset during the robbery like the one seen on the suspect during the robbery of the Foothills Federal Credit Union in Lenoir City earlier this month.

If you have any information contact FBI’s Knoxville, Tennessee Field Office at 865-544-0751, submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov, or contact the Vonore City Police Department at 423-884-2480.