The search for three bank robbers continues.
Three men were taken into police custody for questioning to determine if they were involved in this evening's robbery at the Columbus Bank and Trust on Forrest Road, said Columbus Police Lt. Lynn Joiner.
As first reported on Ledger-Enquirer.com, two men, one of which had a gun, held up the 5445 Forrest Road bank about 5 p.m. and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses reported seeing three suspects in the getaway vehicle, a blue Chevrolet Cavalier, Joiner said. A description of the vehicle was broadcast over police radios.
Immediately following the robbery, authorities called upon the area's helicopter to search for the suspect from above while blue and white cruisers worked the streets.
A Cavalier seemingly matching the description of the one being sought by police was spotted from the air near the Wal-Mart on Buena Vista Road, Joiner said. Shortly thereafter police pulled the vehicle over near the intersection of Wright Drive and Buena Vista Road.
The suspects were taken into custody for questioning, but Joiner said shortly after 8 p.m. they were being released.
"The investigation has determined that the three men were not involved in armed robbery," Joiner said. "They were in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Investigators did locate a small amount of cash, one or two dollars, near the crime scene and are working to determine whether the money belongs to the bank.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Columbus Police at 706-653-3400.