Charges in bank robbery expected today

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Charges were expected today against a Forest man suspected of robbing BancorpSouth at Indiana Avenue and South Frontage Road Thursday.

Vicksburg police investigators questioned Timothy Gandy, 41, at the Veto Street headquarters most of the day Tuesday, Lt. Bobby Stewart said.

Stewart confirmed information broadcast shortly after the robbery that Gandy is a former law enforcement officer on three forces, including a stint with the Biloxi department during a time when Tommy Moffett, Vicksburg’s seven-year chief, was police chief in the coast city. He also previously was employed by Jackson police and the Jefferson Parish (La.) Sheriff’s Office.

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Gandy was arrested Friday night by Hattiesburg police and Mississippi Bureau of Investigations agents at a Hattiesburg hotel. Police said his most recent driver’s license listed 11352 Mississippi 21, Forest, as his address but a resident of the home said he has not lived there in years.

Gandy also is suspected of robbing a BancorpSouth branch in Hattiesburg a week ago.

The Vicksburg bank robbery was the fourth of the year for Warren County, three inside the city

$80 reportedly taken from Locust pedestrian

About $80 was reported stolen from a pedestrian Tuesday on Locust Street, Stewart said.

The male victim was walking south on Locust at 9:46 p.m. when another man, described in the report as a man wearing a dark sweatshirt and sweatpants, approached showing a handgun and demanding the man’s wallet, Stewart said.

The victim reported the assailant fled on foot in an unknown direction, Stewart said.

CD player, game missing in burglaries

Two auto burglaries were reported Tuesday in Vicksburg.

* A CD player was reported missing at 8:24 a.m. from a 1993 Toyota Celica parked in the 1200 block of Adams Street.

* A Sony PlayStation video game system and a Fisher Price Power Wheels was reported missing at 7:38 p.m. from a 2000 Ford Explorer parked at Wal-Mart SuperCenter, 2150 Iowa Blvd. The items were valued at $308.