Small towns becoming big targets for bank robbers

MERIDIANVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Wednesday, a high speed chase started in Madison County and ended at a confederate grave yard in Winchester, Tennessee.

That's where law enforcement caught up to two men accused of robbing a Meridianville bank. Those two men are Maurice King and David Fifer, both are now in jail.

King has a previous murder charge. The two men are both from Memphis and both served time on several aggravated robbery charges in Tennessee.

In the past year, more than a dozen banks have been targeted in Madison County, which touches the Tennessee line.

Just last month, a Hazel Green bank was robbed. Now, add the Regions Bank in Meridianville to the list.

Rick Barker lives down the street from where the latest robbery at Regions took place.

He says he's seeing a trend with the robberies on his end of the county.

"They can just come in and take off to Tennessee or either direction," said Barker.

Both the bank in Hazel Green and Meridianville are right along a fast moving Highway 431.

"We're like a main thoroughfare going through here and it seems like all kinds of people come up here, we're on a main highway," said Barker.

June Still was planning to stop by Regions Bank Wednesday morning, like she has for the past 50 years.

"I called one of my sons around 9 o'clock this morning and I was going to get him to bring me to the bank and he couldn't," said Still. "I guess I could have been in the thick of it then."

She adds that the situation is even scarier to think about, knowing the suspects have already had previous violent charges, one of them for murder.

"He probably wouldn't have cared who he shot or anything like that," said Still.

During the vehicle chase, investigators say a bag was thrown out the window by the getaway vehicle.

That bag has apparently been picked up by someone. Law enforcement officials tell us that nobody is in trouble, but they need that bag turned in. It is crucial evidence.

Call the Madison County Sheriff's Office if you have any information. Their phone number is 256-533-8831.

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