PADUCAH — A Metropolis man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Paducah bank robbery.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office report, at approximately 9:06 a.m on Tuesday, May 10, FNB Bank on Lone Oak Road reported a bank robbery, stating an older Black male had entered the bank carrying a shovel demanding the teller give him the money from the drawer. The suspect fled the bank after being given a sum of money.

Deputies and detectives responded to the bank and the immediate area to begin searching for and attempting to identify the suspect.

According to the report, an exhaustive search of the area was conducted, along with locating and viewing all video surveillance from both the bank and neighboring businesses. The sheriff’s office said that based on the video surveillance located, it was discovered the suspect approached the bank on foot, committed the robbery, then fled in the same direction.

The sheriff’s office said detectives concentrated in the area where it was known the suspect fled to and were able to identify the vehicle the suspect arrived in and confirmed the registered vehicle owner was also the suspect in bank robbery.

Reginald Thomas, 66, of Metropolis, was identified as being the robbery suspect.

According to the sheriff’s office, the search immediately turned to the Metropolis area for Thomas. At approximately 12:30 p.m., the Metropolis Police Department located the suspect’s vehicle, but it was not occupied by Thomas.

The investigation and manhunt continued with Thomas being located at approximately 3:30 p.m. in Metropolis. He was taken into custody without incident.

According to the sheriff’s office, Thomas has numerous pending criminal court cases in multiple counties. Thomas is also currently on federal parole on a prior bank robbery conviction. He also has warrants on failing to appear in McCracken Circuit Court and a federal parole violation warrant.

Upon being extradited to McCracken County, the sheriff’s office said Thomas will be charged with robbery — first-degree, a Class B felony.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Paducah Police Department, the Metropolis Police Department and the FBI.

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