2 charged after Athens bank robbery

Published: Feb. 17, 2016 at 4:21 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 15, 2016 at 2:01 PM CDT
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ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Two men are in custody after police say they robbed the Regions Bank on Highway 72 at Cloverleaf Drive in Athens around 11:30 Wednesday morning.

Police say a man walked into the Regions Bank on Highway 72 and passed a note to an employee indicating he was there to rob the bank.

Witnesses reported seeing one man walking from the bank and climbing into an older model full-sized van. An investigator spotted a van matching the witness descriptions traveling south on Hwy 31 heading toward Tanner.

The investigator attempted to stop the van, however the driver sped up and attempted to elude him. During the chase, a passenger jumped out of the van and fled on foot near Houston Place subdivision.

Athens Police Department, Limestone County Sheriff's Office and State Troopers were able to stop the van at the intersection of Lucas Ferry and Huntsville Brownsferry Road southwest of Athens. The driver was immediately taken into custody.

Limestone County Sheriff's deputies located the second suspect at a trailer on Lincoln Street in Tanner and took him into custody without incident.

Police identified the suspects as 34-year-old Steven McCurley and 48-year-old Rodney Franklin.

They are both charged with third-degree robbery and resisting arrest. Franklin is also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

At this time, police are trying to determine if weapons were shown or involved in the robbery

There was a soft lockdown at Tanner High School due to a search for the robbers around 11:45 a.m.

Both men were transported to Athens Police Department for questioning and the van was impounded. This investigation remains active as detectives work to gather remaining evidence.

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