Bizarre bank robbery; bond set for suspect

Published 7:55 pm Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Bond has been set at $275,000 for a Vicksburg man accused of robbing Trustmark Bank, 2205 North Frontage Road, Tuesday and stealing the van he used to leave the bank after the robbery.

Michael Gammill, 42, 1102 South St., is charged with armed robbery and auto theft in the case. He was being held in the Warren County Jail.

Gammill was arrested about 6:15 p.m. after he was spotted by FBI agents as he pulled into O’Reilly Auto Parts on Clay Street. The agents, who were assisting police in the case, called police and held Gammill until officers arrived to arrest him.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

Lt. Johnnie Edwards said most of the money taken in the robbery was recovered in the van. More of the money was recovered after a man from whom Gammill bought an old pickup truck called authorities.

According to police reports, Gammill bought the truck from a man living in the county and paid him cash for the vehicle. The truck did not run, and Gammill went into town to buy parts to get it running. He was heading to O’Reilly’s for the parts to fix the truck when he was stopped.

The man who sold the truck had heard about the robbery and called Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace and told him a man bought a used truck from him, paid cash and left, and did not come back for it. Pace and Vicksburg police Sgt. Otis Stamps went to the man’s house and collected the money.

According to police reports, Gammill entered the bank about 11:44 a.m. Tuesday and told the teller, “you’re being robbed, you’re being robbed, put the money in the bag,” and tossed a white plastic bag on the counter, which the teller filled with an undisclosed amount of money.

He did not show a gun, Edwards said, but had one hand in a pants pocket and acted like he had a weapon. Gammill left the bank heading eastbound on North Frontage Road driving the van he had stolen the day before.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

email author More by John