Alleged Oxford bank robber caught in Georgia
by Rachael Griffin
A man who allegedly robbed an Oxford bank earlier this month was apprehended Sunday in Atlanta, according to Oxford police.

Eli Scrutchins, 39, of Woodstock, Ga., allegedly entered the Farmers and Merchants Bank at 35 Ali Way on March 5 around 2:45 p.m. and demanded money from a bank employee, Oxford police Chief Bill Partridge said.

Partridge said Scrutchins was armed with a revolver. A bank employee gave Scrutchins an undisclosed amount of money and Scrutchins fled, the chief said.

Scrutchins was arrested “without incident,” according to an email sent by Oxford police Lt. L.G. Owens.

The statement said the U.S. Marshal Service’s Gulf Coast and Southeast Regional Fugitive Task forces and the FBI found Scrutchins after a joint investigation.

Scrutchins was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon by Georgia authorities and is being held on a robbery warrant from Oxford and a probation violation in Michigan, Owens wrote.

Scrutchins will be extradited to Alabama, Owens wrote, but was uncertain when.

Staff Writer Rachael Griffin: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RGriffin_Star.

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