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Buford bank robber demands cash, wishes Merry Christmas

BUFORD — A Sugar Hill man reportedly waited in line Monday at the BB&T bank on Buford Drive in Buford before demanding cash from the teller — and wishing her a merry Christmas.

Joshua Henry Harbin, 30, was arrested Tuesday night, according to Gwinnett County police.

About 12:30 p.m. Monday, Harbin allegedly came in the back entrance of the bank facing the Walgreens and waited in line.

“He gave the teller a demand note demanding cash,” Michele Pihera, a spokeswoman for Gwinnett police, wrote in a news release. “At the bottom of the note, the suspect wrote, ‘Merry Christmas.’”

Harbin reportedly took a small amount of cash and left through the rear door.

Police put out a description of the suspect Tuesday morning, saying he was seen wearing glasses, a blue hat, black hoodie, blue jeans and white gloves with black tips.

“The suspect heard about the case on the radio,” Pihera wrote. “Harbin then approached a citizen in Atlanta and told her to call police about his involvement in the bank robbery.”

Atlanta police took custody of Harbin and took him to Gwinnett County police.

He has been charged with one count of robbery and is in the Gwinnett County Jail.