Sheriff: Bank robbers ‘suspects’ in other heists

Published 12:18 am Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Crenshaw County Sheriff Mickey Powell said the case against the two Andalusia men accused of robbing the First National Bank of Dozier is an open and shut case, and the siblings are possible suspects in other robberies.

“One guy had all the cash on him,” he said. “Every penny has been accounted for.”

Darryl Hayes

Darryl Hayes

Powell said that Darren Hayes and Daryl Hayes confessed to the Dec. 23 robbery of the bank.

Powell said the case will be tried locally rather than federally.

“We notified them federally,” he said. “But it will be tried in Luverne. The feds will not take it.”

Powell also said that the Hayes’ brothers are also possible suspects in armed robberies in the Florida Panhandle.

Darren Hayes

Darren Hayes

“They fit the description of those who committed the crimes down there,” he said. “We have sent pictures.”

The brothers are each charged with robbery first degree and are being held on a $1 million bond.

Last week, District Judge Tom Sport appointed Luverne attorney Mark Smyth to defend them.

Their preliminary hearing is set in February, and the case is expected to be heard by the grand jury in August. They remain in the Crenshaw County Jail.