At about 2 p.m. on Friday, the east branch of the First State Financial Bank was robbed. Gregory Jackson, 20 of Manchester, was apprehended a short time later and charged with first-degree robbery.
According to initial reports, it is alleged that Jackson entered the bank and handed one of the tellers a note demanding money and saying that he had a gun. When the teller opened the drawer, Jackson allegedly reached across the counter and took all the bills from the drawer. He then allegedly left the bank in a blue Ford pickup truck.
Bank employees immediately activated the alarm and notified the Middlesboro Police Department. Responding officers obtained a description of Gregory and his vehicle that was broadcasted to all local police agencies.
The department was able to deploy both on and off-duty officers to the event quickly. While two officers were gathering further information from the bank and reviewing video evidence from several sources, other officers began a search of the east side of the city for the vehicle.
Approximately an hour after the robbery, Lt. David Buis spotted a vehicle matching the description of the truck traveling north on U.S. 25E. Buis, Lt. Tom Busic, officer Justin Barton and Chief Jeff Sharpe stopped the truck about two miles north of the city.
According to the press release, evidence linking the driver to the robbery was discovered immediately and he was taken into custody. Upon further investigation, officers recovered the cash, merchandise purchased between the time of the robbery and the arrest and clothing worn during the incident. Busic also recovered the note in the trash at a business near the bank.
Jackson was also served with several outstanding arrest warrants from Laurel, Knox and Clay counties, mostly on theft charges.
According to police, one of those warrants related to theft of the truck that Jackson allegedly used in the robbery.
The Corbin Times-Tribune reports that Jackson fits the description of a man that tried to rob the Community Trust Bank in north Corbin around 10:45 a.m. on Friday.
According to the Tribune, Kentucky State Police First Class Trooper Don Trosper said a masked man had approached the Corbin bank wearing a long sleeved shirt and a mask. There has been no confirmation on whether or not Jackson was the attempted robber in Corbin.
Jackson was taken to the Bell County Detention Center and will be arraigned in Bell District Court on Monday morning. Barton is the investigating officer and filed all charges on Jackson.