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Police: Tuesday bank robbery different than norm

By Victoria Taylor
By vtaylor@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A 31-year-old man from Chicago is arrested and charged for his alleged involvement in a bank robbery Tuesday at a midtown branch of BancorpSouth.

The FBI arrested Jeffrey Rice at his home in the windy city Thursday morning less than 48 hours after allegedly robbing the Jackson bank at gunpoint. Rice is charged with aggravated robbery and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping. Police say he will be extradited to Jackson for his charges.

The way Rice brazenly robbed the bank was different than most, according to investigators.

"Most people who live around here are in the area and they're going to in some way disguise themselves because they feel like people could recognize them," Jackson Police Captain, Tyreece Miller said. "Because he didn't do that, it gave us a suspicion he was not from around here.

In the surveillance footage, Rice can bee seen wearing a suit and tie.

"I thought he was a preacher," Harold Lee Carols said, a Jackson resident who saw the photos after police released them publicly Tuesday.

Investigators say they do not have a connection at this time to explain why Rice may have been in the area and the location is he chose is unique.

"It's not located near any interstate, so that struck us as odd because there's not any easy access to the interstate so he would have had to drive a few miles before he could get on the interstate and out of the city," Capt. Miller said.

The investigation is ongoing, and police are still seeking the getaway driver in the crime.
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