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The Southeastern Federal Credit Union bank on Baytree road was robbed by Jeffery Hargo, 35, on Friday afternoon.

Bank robbed near campus, man arrested

A 35-year-old Valdosta resident is charged with robbery of the Southeastern Federal Credit Union bank on Baytree Road on Friday afternoon.

Jeffery Hargro was found and apprehended at the Big Seven Motel late Friday, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Valdosta police responded to a dispatch call at 4:27 p.m. and arrived at the bank at 4:53 p.m.

According to Lt. Aaron Kirk of the VPD, the suspect entered the bank alone and unarmed, wearing dark clothing and a baseball cap. The suspect was later identified as Hargo. Hargo also had two unidentified men in a black sedan parked outside of the bank.

Hargo walked into the lobby and walked up to the teller with a note demanding money. The teller then followed the note and gave Hargo an unknown amount of money.

After taking the money, Hargo then ran out of the bank and into the sedan with the other two men. No one was harmed in the robbery. Police began looking over surveillance tapes and talking to witnesses to get a lead on the suspect.

According to the Valdosta Daily Times, Police Cmdr. Brian Childress said that around 6 p.m., the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about the robbery, which LCSO Capt. Wanda Edwards passed along to Childress.

Police then left the bank and headed to the Big Seven Motel located on U.S 84. The suspect was trying to leave the motel in a vehicle when police arrived and took him into custody, Childress said.

Childress was satisfied with the VPD’s timely actions in responding to the dispatch and the capture of the suspect. “With their help, we were able to take (the suspect) into custody quickly,” he said. Childress also praised the work of police officers and detectives. “It was a great team effort between the two agencies,” he said.

Students were also shocked by the robbery but satisfied with the work of the VPD.

“I think it’s bad that its gotten to the point where people are robbing in the middle of the day like that,” said junior psychology major Schalon Dyce.

“I think the cops did a good job about apprehending the robber in the same day.”

Other students also questioned the actions of Hargo, since there were no weapons involved.

“I think that if he went as far as robbing a bank that he must have really needed the money,” said senior nursing major Andy Doster.

“The fact that he didn’t have any weapons kind of makes me thinks that this was like his final option. I’m not justifying at all but times must have been hard.”

Updated at 12:18 a.m. on Nov. 10.

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