Alabama man suspected of Pascagoula bank robbery still on the run

By WLOX Staff

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula Police say the prime suspect in a Monday afternoon bank robbery has assumed the identity of a Florida man, as he continues to run from authorities.

It all started around 9:30 Monday morning when investigators believe Thomas "Andy" Wade went to Persinger Automotive in Mobile. He gave the dealership a Florida identification with the name of Gary Douglas Jones, Jr. of Orlando, Florida. Police say Wade acted as if he was going to purchase a 2005 Honda Accord and requested a test drive. Wade then left the dealership, and didn't return.

Police say Wade's next stop happened around 12:30pm at Navigator Credit Union on Highway 63 in Moss Point. Wade tried to open an account in the name of Gary Douglas Jones, Jr. using the Florida identification. But Wade became uneasy when questioned by credit union employees and left the bank.

Authorities say Wade then stopped at the Hancock Bank branch off of Highway 90 in Pascagoula. Around 1:15pm, police say Wade robbed the bank. They're not saying what he got away with, but he was last seen driving away in that silver Honda.

Thomas "Andy" Wade is described as six feet tall, weighing 180 pounds. He has blue eyes and is mostly bald with just a little brown hair. Police say Wade may be using Jones' identification, and there are some similarities between the two men, however Wade looks much older than Jones.

The Honda Accord is a 2005 four door, silver in color with tinted windows, a sunroof and leather interior. The car may still have a Persinger Automotive dealership tag and decal on the rear of the car.

Andrew Wade is from south Alabama, but has lived at several addresses. Police say he has been arrested before.

Anyone with information about the robbery or Wade's whereabouts should contact the Pascagoula Police Department at (228) 762-2211.

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