A 73-year-old Manchester man has been arrested and charged in the Tuesday, Feb. 4 bank robbery of the Citizens Tri-County Bank branch on West Lincoln Street.
Jackie Wayne Ferrell, of 929 Jackson St., Manchester, was booked into the Coffee County Jail Friday on a charge of aggravated robbery and is being held under a bond of $250,000.
The arrest of Ferrell was the result of extensive investigation by FBI Agent Richard Poff, District Attorney Investigator Billy Cook and Tullahoma Police Department investigators, who have followed numerous leads since the Tuesday robbery.
“We would like to thank the citizens that provided valuable information that helped lead to the arrest,” said Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell.
Ferrell is accused of entering the bank around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday wearing a mask, gloves and a cap. He then, according to police reports, approached a teller, handing her a note before placing a cloth bag on the desk and a revolver on the desk with the barrel facing the teller.
The note read, “Don’t be a hero. The money is FDIC insured; fill the bag with hundreds, fifties, twenties and tens.”
According to investigators, part of the money that was taken during the robbery was recovered. They are still looking for the gun that he used.
According to Blackwell, Ferrell has a lengthy criminal history that includes forgery, fraud, theft and a robbery conviction in 1990 for which he served time in prison.
After questioning Friday morning, Tullahoma Police Department investigators Tyler Hatfield and Derrick Derlien transported Ferrell to the county jail.
Ferrell is scheduled to make an appearance in Coffee County General Sessions Court Feb. 13.
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