A suspect who allegedly robbed a Woodstock bank was apprehended yesterday, just shortly after bank employees called the police.
According to the Cherokee County police report, 27-year-old Chase Lovell Gates entered the Cherokee Bank off of Woodstock Square Ave. at around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday. After demanding money, a bank teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash. He then fled by foot to a nearby Kohl's parking lot, got into a Ford sedan and drove away. Witnesses were able to give police a vehicle tag number along with a description of the car.
Shortly after, deputies spotted a Ford sedan on Kellogg Creek Road in Woodstock. After pulling the vehicle over, police were able to detain Gates. His mother, however, was riding passenger. After interviews, it was determined that Gates stopped to pick his mother up shortly after the robbery. She was released a few hours later. Gates was arrested on a felony robbery charge.
This is the 2nd time in months that Cherokee Bank has been robbed. Last month, two suspects attempted to rob the bank after barging in and demanding money. The teller on duty, outwitting the suspects, informed them that the bank was out of funds. They then fled the scene empty-handed. According to Sgt. John Hillman of the Woodstock police, the two suspects were apprehended nearby in Cobb County.
Gates remains in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on a $16,700 bond.