Saturday, December 5, 2009

Is this the Dunwoody Bank Robber?

Police have arrested the man believed to be responsible for a string of bank robberies in the north metro Atlanta area.

Stephen James Bowen, 35, dubbed the lunchtime bandit, was arrested by Cobb County police around 7:15 p.m. Friday.

The arrest was made by S.W.A.T. personnel from the Johns Creek Police Department, Sandy Springs Police Department, and Dunwoody Police Department, in conjunction with Cobb County police. Bowen was arrested at an apartment complex State Bridge Road in Johns Creek. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also participated in the investigation.

“According to investigators, information was obtained [Thursday] which led the Cobb County Police Department’s Robbery Squad to obtain arrest warrants for Bowen,” said Cobb County police spokesman, Joseph Hernandez in a statement.

The warrant was for three bank robberies in Cobb County at the Riverwood Parkway Wachovia bank on Nov. 13, the Chastain Road BB&T Bank on Nov. 19, and the Powers Ferry Road Bank of North Georgia on Dec. 2.

Wachovia Bank on Tuesday doubled a reward for information leading to the man's capture, offering up to $10,000 due to him robbing four of their branches.

Since late October, he's robbed banks in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Dunwoody, Buckhead, and northwest Atlanta near Cumberland mall. has good history of the robberies.


John Heneghan said...

Rick is back to give his spin on this.

Lunchtime Bank Bandit Eating Dinner in Cobb Jail Tonight

Dunwoody PD played a role in putting a bank robber in jail according to a story on the AJC web site. Stephen James Bowen of Johns Creek, allegedly the guy who robbed a few banks in the area is now sitting in a Cobb County jail. During halftime of this week's Monday Night Football game Bowen will attempt to beat Lucas Jackson's record of eating fifty eggs in an hour. The eggs will come from a backyard poultry coop recently set up at the Dunwoody Country Club of Sandy Springs. Not sure how significant a role Dunwoody PD played in this, but it is good to see all the regional departments working together on this situation. Dunwoody PD, Sandy Springs PD, and Johns Creek PD are relatively new departments (but staffed with veterans) with many members coming from other metro agencies like Cobb and Smyrna and Marietta so these three agencies have guys who have worked on the job together before.

A concern some folks had when Dunwoody was created was that we (the city) would no longer benefit from the mass resources (air support, SWAT, boots on the ground, etc) from the large DeKalb department. Due to geography, many crimes in Dunwoody will have ties to Sandy Springs and Johns Creek more than they would with other areas of DeKalb, so it makes sense that the north DeKalb and north Fulton agencies will work together a lot.

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Rick Callihan said...

Hey John,

That new photo looks more realistic. I'm done with travel for the year so I'll try to get some decent content posted the next few weeks. See you at next meeting.