UPDATE: Suspects charged in Opp credit union robbery

Published 12:42 pm Monday, February 7, 2022

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(Editor’s Note: This is an update to an earlier story about the armed robbery of a credit union in Opp.)

Two suspects were arrested Wednesday morning for the armed robbery of the Opp Micolas Credit Union on Tuesday.

Arlisha Mitchell Thomas, 41, and Freddy Lee Thomas, 44, both of Panama City, Florida have been charged with first degree robbery.

According to the Opp Police Department, in the morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 9, the FBI and members of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office served two search warrants at two different locations, one being at a residence in Panama City, Florida and the other being at a residence in Lynn Haven, Florida. The search warrants were in reference to the armed robbery at the Opp Micolas Credit Union.  After the search warrants were completed the OPD obtained first degree robbery warrants for both suspects.

The FBI is the lead agency in this case and no further information will be released at this time by the Opp Police Department.





Original story from Monday, Feb. 7 at 12:42 p.m.

Law enforcement is investigating the robbery of a credit union Monday morning and are actively searching for a suspect.

The Opp Police Department and Covington County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Opp Micolas Credit Union where the robbery took place at approximately 9:54 a.m.

“A black male between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall with light skin came into the Opp Micolas Credit Union and presented the teller a note. He also showed a small handgun and the note basically requested the teller to give some U.S. currency. The teller complied and the subject left the premises walking back to Cummings Avenue. The Covington County K-9 team came and did a track,” said Opp Police Chief Kevin Chance.

Chance added that it is believed the subject in question left the Credit Union premises on foot and then entered a vehicle.

“At this time, we are processing the scene. The FBI is on the scene, and we’re also in the process of recovering videos from surrounding businesses to help us in identifying the individual,” Chance said.

According to police, the subject was wearing a brownish-colored jacket and a brownish-derby-style hat. He was also wearing a black mask that covered his nose and mouth only.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Opp Police Department at 334-493-4511.