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Alleged bank robber caught after interview with CBS46

(Source: WGCL) (Source: WGCL)
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A man accused of robbing at least two Gwinnett County banks took time out of his busy schedule to chat with CBS46 about traffic at a busy Lawrenceville intersection.

Lawrenceville police say Eric Rivers is the man accused of robbing several Gwinnett County banks in recent weeks. They've been looking for him, and they say they caught him with the the help of CBS46.

"I think you caught him off guard. I think you surprised him," said Det. Scott Pendergrass.

Before cameras were rolling, Rivers told reporter Ashley Thompson that he wanted to take off his du-rag and hat.

While at the shopping center near Lawrenceville-Suwanne Road and Duluth Highway, he indulged in an opportunity to appear on television. 

"Gwinnett County doesn't really have it's own transportation," he said. So MARTA coming out here will really help out a lot."

Police said Rivers robbed the Chase Bank on Collins Hill Road before the interview. They also believe he was in several other nearby banks scoping them out.

Right after the interview, police said he went into a nearby Fidelity Bank.

"He kind of has a skit that he plays," said Pendergrass. "He goes into them and spends an extended amount of time in the banks."

Rivers was arrested Tuesday night. CBS46 was there as he was escorted into the Lawrenceville Police Department. 

"We have no other evidence there was anybody else with him, so we would say he's by himself," says Det. Pendergrass.

In total, police say this guy hit up five banks and was successful at robbing two.

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