Crossville Man Charged With Planning To Rob Chattanooga Bank

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The FBI has arrested a Crossville, Tn., man on charges of attempting to rob a Chattanooga bank.

Marc Edward Kerley, who drove last Sunday from Crossville with an associate to scope out the robbery, is being held without bond. His associate turned out to be working with the FBI.

Agents said Kerley planned to rob the BB&T Bank at 2120 Gunbarrel Road on Monday. The confidential source (CS) said Kerley had been talking to him awhile about the robbery and wanted to do it just before Christmas.

He explained in detail during the hour-long ride from Crossville how it should be carried out, authorities said. The CS was to park his car in one place near the bank and Kerley would park his truck in another. The CS was to enter the bank while wearing a mask and pretending to have a gun.

He was then to put the proceeds of the robbery, the mask and clothing he had on in a garbage bag in Kerley's truck. Kerley was to drive off and meet later with the CS.

The FBI said, after choosing the BB&T Bank, it was decided that Kerley would park in the Best Buy parking lot behind the bank to await the robbery proceeds. It was planned that they would communicate via walkie-talkies. 

Agents said the conversation about planning the bank robbery was all recorded on audio as well as video.

On Monday morning, the CS and Kerley met in a Walmart parking lot in Crossville. They then drove in separate vehicles back to the parking lot of Kerley's apartment. Kerley then detailed the plans for robbing BB&T as the FBI listened in.

Agents then followed the pair as they drove separate vehicles to Chattanooga.

As they drove into Chattanooga, the walkie-talkies went dead so Kerley stopped to buy some batteries. After a few times driving around the bank, Kerley parked in the Best Buy parking lot as he had done before. The CS had been told to take the tag off his vehicle, head into the bank, and notify Kerley by walkie-talkie when he was inside.

At that time, the FBI arrested Kerley. He had a walkie-talkie with him and garbage bags in the back of his truck.   

 




Man With Prior Attempted Murder Charged In Bledsoe County Slaying

A man with a prior conviction for attempted murder has been charged with the killing of a co-worker in Bledsoe County. Authorities said Casey Lee Anderson, 32, was building a new home on Humble Cemetery Road with the victim. Anderson, who has an extensive criminal record in Hamilton County, pleaded guilty in the attempted murder in 2002. Rocky Gribble said he hired the two ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Man Charged In Theft Of Over $20,000

A Soddy-Daisy man was charged with the theft of over $20,000 after police found him and matched muddy footprints to a pair of his shoes. Police were initially contacted when a man discovered his home had been broken into by someone forcing a side door open. His Honda four-wheeler was missing as well as several generators and multiple tools.  Outside, he noticed a trail ... (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Clemson Prayer And Much More

Clemson’s football program, which has won 11 games in each of the past two years and was ranked 8 th in the nation after whipping Ohio State in this year’s Orange Bowl, has just been “blind-sided.” The Freedom from Religion Foundation claims Coach Dabo Sweeney and his staff are doing far too much “to promote Christianity to their student athletes.” Clemson promptly roared back ... (click for more)

East Hamilton Can Grab No. 1 Seed In 5-AAA With Win Over Tribe

(Story will be updated) It will take one more game to completely settle the brackets for next week’s District 5-AAA baseball tournament, but the groundwork was put in place Wednesday when the league coaches met at Beef O’Brady’s in Ooltewah. The last piece of business is Wednesday night’s game between East Hamilton and McMinn County at Chattanooga State, which has a 6 p.m. ... (click for more)

Cleveland, Thompson Knock Trojans Out Of Share Of 5-AAA Lead

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Cleveland right-hander Taylor Thompson sent Soddy-Daisy hitters a clear message early in Tuesday’s District 5-AAA baseball game – “I’m on tonight, boys.” Thompson threw a neat three-hitter and struck out 10 as the Blue Raiders defeated Soddy-Daisy, 6-1, at Raider Field to knock the Trojans out of a share of first place in the district. “If I get settled ... (click for more)