September 21, 2021

Starkville Officers Make Arrest in Tuesday Afternoon Bank Robbery

Mary Apel

Tuesday afternoon at 3:28 pm, Starkville Police received the report of a robbery at Renasant Bank on E Lampkin St.

A male subject demanded money after spending a brief time in the bank. The subject then fled on foot with a bag.

Officers converged on the area and began to setup a perimeter. Contact was made with an individual meeting the suspect’s description near the intersection of Gillespie St. and Spring St.

Laquavis Collier, 31 of Starkville, was detained, and later charged with robbery after further investigation.

Laquavis Collier, from Starkville PD

“Today marked one of the first bank robberies within the city in a very long time,” said Starkville Police Chief Mark Ballard. “A credit to the bank employees who trained, took their training seriously, and followed their training as well as the first responding officers and their supervisors. This high level of communication between all parties were critical in the apprehension of the suspect.”

Collier was later transported to the Oktibbeha County Jail.

If you have information please contact the Starkville Police Department at 662-323-4131, Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151, or through the anonymous tip system on our website. Crime Stoppers may offer a cash reward.

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