Bank in Adel robbed

Major Audie Rowe, Asst. Chief of the Adel Police Department. / Jessica Fairley

Third Update (10:00 PM)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating after a man who is suspected to be a serial bank robber is captured in southwest Georgia.

Adel Police received a call at 11:30 a.m. Thursday that a white man, who's now identified as Donald Mims, walked into the Heritage Bank on West 4th Street in Adel, demanded money from a teller, and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"As soon as we got a description of the vehicle that he was driving which was told to us to be a maroon SUV we put a BOLO out," said Major Audie Rowe, Asst. Chief for the Adel Police Department.

Lowndes County Sheriff's Interstate Unit deputies heard the 'Be on the lookout' warning and spotted the getaway vehicle heading southbound on I-75. After a chase, the suspect surrendered.

"We had the stop sticks in front of him in the event that he did run and of course he spotted the stop sticks and he pulled over," said Sheriff Chris Pine, Lowndes County Sheriff's Department.

Inside the 2002 GMC Yukon, Prine says officers found evidence tying Mims to the Adel bank robbery. The Jacksonville, Florida resident who was taken into custody is now being tied to multiple robberies across the south.

"Jacksonville, Lake City, Live Oak, and those areas, Gainesville, so this is not his first rodeo," said Sheriff Chris Prine.

Sheriff Prine says he'd recently received flyers from police agencies looking for the suspect.

After being questioned by authorities in Lowndes County, Donald Mims was transported to the Cook County Jail.

Second Update (4:00 PM)
Law enforcement officials have named the suspect as Donald Edward Mims of Jacksonville, Florida.
Deputies say that he is suspected in bank robberies across the state of Florida and already was being looked for by law enforcement.

Mims was caught driving a 2002 GMC Yukon with Florida tags after stopping once Lowndes County Deputies deployed a spike strip to stop him.

Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine says that Mims has been cooperative thus far.

First Update (2:31 PM)
Officials with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office say that they received a look out in reference to the Adel Heritage bank robbery.

After receiving the lookout, deputies with the department say they located a vehicle and suspect matching the description, then conducted a traffic stop at the 11-mile marker on Interstate 75, taking the suspect into custody without incident.

Deputies say that several pieces of evidence were located in the vehicle and the suspect is being interviewed at the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office by investigators with the Adel Police Department and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Initial Story

Cook County police officials have confirmed that an Adel bank has been robbed .
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