Two men aroused suspicion at the Interstate Unlimited Federal Credit Union on East Oglethorpe Highway in Midway on Wednesday morning when law-enforcement officers were busy dealing with a bomb threat at nearby Midway Middle School.
Midway Police Department Senior Patrol Officer Duvale Page Sr. said he had been assisting at the bomb-threat site when he and several Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the financial institution about 3 miles from the school.
The responders found the credit-union employees locked safely inside the building. One worker told Page that two men who had been lingering in the nearby wood line tried to enter the credit union at 8:30 a.m. behind an employee who was coming in. One man wore a scarf over his face. The quick-thinking worker locked the door before the men could enter and told her co-workers to call 911.
The men retreated into the woods as police arrived. The employee provided authorities with a detailed description of the men.
Within the hour, a sheriff’s office deputy and a marshal made contact with four occupants in a vehicle at a service station on East Oglethorpe Highway and I-95. The men were sitting at the station and had not purchased fuel. The officers approached them and saw that two of the occupants matched the description of the men who reportedly attempted to enter the credit union.
All four were taken into custody but have not been charged. They are being held as people of interest in a conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jon Long.
Long said he could not confirm whether the bomb scare at Midway Middle School is tied to the credit-union episode.
“We’re still investigating both cases and cannot comment at this time,” he said.