CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The Sussex County Sheriff's Office and Chesterfield Police are working with the FBI to investigate a string of armed bank robberies that happened during March and April this year.
Surveillance photos and witness statements led investigators to believe the robberies were committed by the same people.
"When we looked at our photos and they looked at ours, there was no question it was the same person," said Lt. Randy Horowitz of the Chesterfield Police.
FBI agents were driving to Sussex County to meet with detectives there when they say the third bank was robbed.
Special Agent David Johnson responded to the scene of the third robbery. He said these alleged robbers came in with a plan.
"They know enough to ask for money inside the drawer, they know enough to not ask for bait money be put into the bags," said Johnson.
Each time the two men brought the same canvas Bank of America bag with a zipper on top. Johnson says another part of the suspects' MO is leaving banks on foot.
"It seems like these guys have cased these banks. They plan some sort of escape route or getaway."
Some of the banks involved are the Bank of Southside Virginia in Jarratt, the Central Virginia Bank in Midlothian, the BB&T in Wakefield, and the Bank of Southside Virginia in Stony Creek.
In one robbery, one of them fired a shot at a customer that followed them outside. That customer was possibly trying to write down their license plate number.
No one was hurt.
The two suspects are described as thin to medium build black males each 5'7"-5'10" and in their 20's.
Investigators want anyone that may have information about these robberies to call the FBI Richmond Field Office at 804-261-1044.