Officials have arrested one of two robbery suspects allegedly connected to the April 13 incident at the Auburn Bank in Hurtsboro, Ala.
During a Wednesday press conference, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor announced that 33-year-old Levi Larry Maddox was arrested April 14 in Montgomery and faces one count of first-degree robbery in connection to the 11:10 a.m. incident at 312 Main St.
Taylor said that Maddox was placed in the Russell County Jail with a $100,000 bond, but it may have been raised today. He didn't immediately confirm whether or not the bond has been raised.
Authorities believe Maddox, who gave a Hayneville, Ala. address, committed the bank robbery with another individual whose name officials declined to immediately release. Deputies do not have the second individual in custody.
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Taylor said that they expect to arrests two or three other individuals who were not involved in the April 13 robbery but had knowledge of the incident afterward.
"At this point, I feel extremely good about the case as far as us being able to solve the case," the sheriff said. "The investigators have done a great job at running down every lead that comes in."
Taylor said that the Montgomery Police Department located Maddox April 14 during a traffic stop in which they noticed that there was no tag on the blue Mustang he was driving.
Montgomery officials arrested Maddox that night, once they realized that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Florida for theft-related charges.
Officials also discovered that Maddox was released from federal prison April 10. One of the convictions that landed him in the facility involved a firearm, according to the sheriff.
Russell County authorities were informed and suspected Maddox as one of the two bank robbers.
Authorities had been advised that an individual heard Maddox and the second alleged robber talking about dividing the stolen money. But because it is in open investigation, officials will not publicly announce how much money was taken.
Upon further investigation, they learned that Maddox spent $20,000 during a shopping spree the afternoon and day following the robbery.
By Monday, Russell County deputies obtained enough evidence to issue a warrant for Maddox and did just that. He was transported to the Russell County Jail.
Authorities initially thought that the blue Mustang Montgomery officials saw Maddox driving was the one used in the armed robbery, but they later learned that was not the case.
Instead, the Russell County Sheriff's office believe that Maddox purchased the vehicle using the money he allegedly stole during the robbery, Taylor said.
The blue older model Ford Mustang that officials are searching for has white writing on the back that reads “Mustang.”
Officials also believe that only one robber was armed during the incident, and not both like witnesses reported. No one was harmed during the incident.
Taylor reached out to the public for assistance with the case early in investigation. On April 14, he announced that the Russell County Sheriff's Office would reward a $10,000 reward to anyone with “any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for the armed robbery."
He continues to seek the community's help in catching all of those involved.
"We've had tips from the community, and we've ran them all down," Taylor said. "Some of have panned out and, obviously, some have not but that's how you solve cases."
Anyone with information regarding the bank robbery is asked to call (334) 664-9852 and (334) 664-9856.