Crime

Saucier woman linked to second bank robbery

Surveillance footage at The People's Bank in Saucier show a suspect using a butcher knife to demand money from a teller on April 8, 2016. Harrison County officials believe it is the same woman charged in the Aug. 3, 2016, robbery in Ocean Springs of the Hancock Bank.
Surveillance footage at The People's Bank in Saucier show a suspect using a butcher knife to demand money from a teller on April 8, 2016. Harrison County officials believe it is the same woman charged in the Aug. 3, 2016, robbery in Ocean Springs of the Hancock Bank.

A Saucier woman accused in an Ocean Springs bank robbery wore the same disguise and used the same butcher knives when she robbed a Saucier bank in April, Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

An arrest warrant on an armed robbery charge has been issued for Brittnei Michelle Farmer, 28, of Saucier, in the April 8 holdup at The People’s Bank. The bank is on 2nd Street just west of U.S. 49.

“She wore the same get-up,” Peterson said. “We had no idea who she was.”

Harrison County sheriff’s investigators helped locate Farmer on Wednesday during investigation of the armed robbery of Hancock Bank in Ocean Springs. She was arrested four hours after the bank heist in a traffic stop in D’Iberville.

Surveillance footage from both banks show a woman dressed in black and wearing sunglasses with her head covered and holding a black bag.

Her head covering was a skull cap, Ocean Springs Police Capt. William Jackson said.

Surveillance pictures from the Harrison County show a woman’s mouth also was covered.

Weapons found

The weapons have been recovered, Jackson said.

“She dropped one in the bank parking lot,” he said. “We found the other in a duffel bag in her car.”

Money was also in the bag, he said.

It’s unclear if all the money from the Ocean Springs holdup was in her bag. The bank and investigators are trying to determine the amount taken in comparison with the amount recovered.

The amount taken from the Saucier holdup has not been released.

Farmer has been held at the Ocean Springs jail.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office has placed a hold on her until she answers the bank robbery charge in Jackson County.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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