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Within two hours of the robbery of BancorpSouth in New Albany early Thursday afternoon, law enforcement agents from three counties apprehended a Memphis man suspected of committing it.
According to New Albany Police Chief David Grisham, authorities arrested Marlon Devon Thomas, 39, of Memphis, Tenn. at approximately 3 p.m., Thursday.
Grisham said Thomas was arrested near the Benton and Marshall County line, where he stopped his vehicle and fled into the woods.
The police chief said before Thomas had been identified as the bank robber, police saw him speeding west down the highway toward Memphis and began pursuit.
Thomas refused to pull over when first prompted by officers, but eventually took the Potts Camp exit, stopped his car and fled.
Grisham said that, after he fled the car, Thomas’ vehicle, along with a patrol car, caught fire due to the heat of their engine
Law enforcement agencies from New Albany, Union County, DeSoto and Marshall Counties assisted in the pursuit into the woods.
Helicopters and dogs were also used in the pursuit.
As of 3:15 p.m., law enforcement agents were taking the subject to the Union County jail.
Grisham said the robbery took place at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the local BancorpSouth branch on Highway 15.
Thomas allegedly gave a note to one of the tellers and that no weapon was used.
Grisham said the teller placed a tracking device inside the bag containing the money before handing it to Thomas.
Thomas made his initial appearance before a Union County Justic Court judge Friday afternoon. He has been officially charged with robbery.
His bond was set at $250,000.