Suspects at large after armored truck robbery at Winder bank

- A search is underway after a group of armed robbers held up an armored car crew in Winder Tuesday morning. 

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Police said two armored car guards were servicing an ATM at the Bank of America on North Broad Street when they were jumped by two men wearing masks. 

According to police, one of the suspects took a gun from one of the armored workers and got away with an undisclosed amount of money. The gun was located nearby, but the suspects remain at large. 

"They basically attacked them as they were coming out of the truck, servicing the ATM. We don't know how much money was taken but we do know they took an undisclosed amount of money from one of the guards as well as his sidearm," Capt. Chris Cooper said.

Officials said the suspects ran from the scene in the direction of three Barrow County Schools. As a result, the schools were placed on a soft lockdown, which continues as police search the area. The schools include Winder-Barrow High School, Winder Elementary School, and Russell Middle School. 


Police brought in a K-9 unit, which led officers to Josh Traxler's home a few blocks away.

"I got a call from an officer at work that there might be an armed robbery person at my house," said Traxler.

Traxler gave police permission to search his residence and raced home to find his neighborhood swarming with officers.

"It was definitely exciting and made me nervous definitely think about how I would react if someone was in there that sort of thing but I'm just glad everyone's OK and that my family's OK," said Traxler.

After entering the home police found no one inside. They suspect the duo may have had a getaway car parked nearby.

"We've checked the area with canines and perimeter searches, things like that have not turned up anything significant at this point," said Cooper.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from the bank, hoping to learn more. 

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