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South Carolina man suspected of robbing Gainesville bank captured in Tennessee
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A South Carolina man suspected of robbing banks in Gainesville and Toccoa is expected to be extradited to Georgia from Tennessee, police said.

Police said they believe Sidney Alan McCollum robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on Friday, Aug. 13, two days after he robbed the Northeast Georgia Bank in Toccoa.

McCollum was arrested Sunday, Aug. 15, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Gainesville Police said they did not know when extradition would occur.

Gainesville Police Cpl. Jessica Van said McCollum is facing charges of theft by taking and robbery.

McCollum passed a note to a bank teller demanding money just after noon Friday at the Wells Fargo on Thompson Bridge Road, police said.

McCollum then ran with the money toward Enota Avenue behind the Publix, where Gainesville Police said they believe he staged a getaway car.

Police said McCollum, 42, of Pickens County, South Carolina, was driving a white 1997 Ford F-350 pickup truck that was stolen from South Carolina earlier this week. 

He told the teller he had a weapon, but no weapon was seen and no one was injured, Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said.  

He escaped with an unknown amount of money, police said.


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Police said they believe Sidney Alan McCollum robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on Friday, Aug. 13, two days after he robbed the Northeast Georgia Bank in Toccoa.

McCollum passed a note to a bank teller demanding money just after noon Friday at the Wells Fargo on Thompson Bridge Road, police said.

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This image of a suspect in a bank robbery Aug. 13, 2021, at Wells Fargo on Thompson Bridge Road was released by Gainesville Police.

McCollum then ran with the money toward Enota Avenue behind the Publix, where Gainesville Police said they believe he staged a getaway car.

Police said McCollum, 42, of Pickens County, South Carolina, is driving a white 1997 Ford F-350 pickup truck that was stolen from South Carolina earlier this week. 

He told the teller he had a weapon, but no weapon was seen and no one was injured, Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said. The bank sounded its alarm at 12:03 p.m., Parrish said. 

McCollum was wearing dark clothing and a black gaiter-style mask. He escaped with an unknown amount of money, police said.

Police described McCollum as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call 770-534-5251.

Nick Watson contributed to this article.

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A Hall County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit works Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, along Enota Avenue at Thompson Bridge Road as authorities search for a man suspected in a bank robbery at Wells Fargo Friday afternoon in Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers
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The Wells Fargo on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville is blocked off with crime scene tape Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, as authorities are searching for a man suspected in a bank robbery. - photo by Scott Rogers
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