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.