Suspected bank robber arrested during stop

A 19-year-old Friendsville man who is a suspect in three separate bank robberies was arrested Monday night during a traffic stop.

Chessie Adam Ayers, 19, West Lamar Alexander Parkway, is being held on three counts of forgery on bonds totaling $3,000 pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

A Blount County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol when he spotted a 1998 Chrysler Town and Country van speeding and driving in a reckless manner on the U.S. 129 Bypass. The deputy pulled the driver over in a parking lot in Springbrook Corporate Center. During the course of the traffic stop the deputy found several credit cards and personal checks belonging to other individuals on Ayers.

The forgery charges stem from the stolen checks that were written at three different locations in Blount County. Ayers admitted to stealing the van in Sweetwater. In addition to the stolen van, a 2001 Chevrolet pick-up truck that was taken by Ayers from a victim in Blount County was recovered in Sweetwater.

Ayers was taken into custody and brought to the Blount County Detention Facility. While being interviewed, Ayers indicated that he was involved with possible bank robberies in Knoxville and Atlanta over the past few weeks. The FBI and the Knoxville Police Department are investigating these robberies. In addition to pending Blount County charges, the man also faces possible charges by the FBI, KPD, and the Sweetwater Police Department.

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