Merchants and Farmers Bank in Ila off Hwy. 98 was robbed for the second time this month Friday. And authorities believe the suspect is the same person who robbed the bank May 4. Sheriff Kip Thomas said the robber left on foot, exiting into a tree line to the left of the front entrance. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The armed robbery occurred around 3 p.m. Friday. The lone masked gunman fit the same description as the person who robbed the bank earlier this month: a black male, 5’5” to 5’7” and approximately 150-160. He wore a red hooded sweatshirt and carried a small pistol.

Police are looking at the robbery for possible connections to the April 9 robbery of United Community Bank on Homer Road in Commerce.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is urged to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 706-795-6202 or the Athens post of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 706-542-7901.

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