Crime

Tips lead to arrest in Ocean Springs butcher-knives bank robbery

Brittinei Michelle Farmer
Brittinei Michelle Farmer

Police said the woman photographed wielding butcher knives in the robbery of a Hancock Bank branch Wednesday was taken into custody in a traffic stop in D’Iberville four hours later.

Brittnei Farmer, 28, of Road 503 in Saucier, faces a charge of armed robbery.

She was held at the Ocean Springs jail pending an initial court appearance before Municipal Judge Matthew Mestayer, Capt. William Jackson said Thursday.

The bank on Bienville Boulevard reported the robbery at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Surveillance cameras showed a woman dressed in black who held open a black bag for money. Jackson said a dye pack, placed in her bag with an undisclosed amount of money, exploded as she fell into a ditch while running in the bank parking lot.

Police were looking for a silver or gray Cadillac that had headed west.

Anonymous callers gave the Ocean Springs police tips that identified Farmer, Jackson said.

Harrison County sheriff’s investigators found information indicating Farmer could be at the Estates at Juan D. Quaves, he said. The apartment complex is on Gorenflo Road in D’Iberville.

D’Iberville police spotted the alleged getaway car and followed it Wednesday as Farmer turned onto Gorenflo Road, Jackson said. They stopped and arrested her at 5:48 p.m.

Jackson said police appreciate the tips and help from several agencies, including the FBI and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.

Mississippi does not have a specific charge of bank robbery. She could, however, be prosecuted on a federal bank robbery charge.

SunHerald.com is working on an updated report.

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