Suspected bank robber caught after running out of gas



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies arrested a suspect in the robbery earlier this month of the Chase Bank at 1710 Buford Highway.

On Tuesday night, April 15, Stephen C. Plunkett, 39, of Dallas, Texas, was taken into custody at 10:45 p.m. after he ran out of gas on Ga. 400 near McFarland Parkway.

On April 9, Plunkett allegedly used a note and an "explosive device" in the drive-thru at Chase Bank on Buford Highway in Cumming. He used a Hyundai rental under his name out of Texas to pull off the bank robbery. The car was reported stolen after it was not returned.

Plunkett got an undisclosed amount of cash and the device used to rob the bank turned out to be fake.

On April 15, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit had identified Plunkett based on fingerprint evidence located at the scene.

Plunkett was driving a Chevrolet Silverado truck when he ran out of gas on Ga. 400 northbound near McFarland Parkway. He was taken to the south precinct for questioning and later charged.

Plunkett is also wanted out of Dallas, Texas for probation violation.

Sheriff's Office took out warrants for Plunkett for armed robbery and aggravated assault with more charges pending.

Plunkett, who was living with his girlfriend near Lake Lanier a few miles from the bank, will remain in the Forsyth County Detention Center without bond upon further investigation of other possible robberies including in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties, a spokesman said in a news release.

"We're working with the FBI on identifying any other similar armed robberies," Maj. Rick Doyle told news outlets.

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