- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Investigators say it is possible that Nicholas Paul Marchand planned to rob the Comtrust Federal Credit Union in Chatsworth before he came to Georgia earlier this month.

“Based on some of the things we’ve recovered, I would say probably yes, this robbery was premeditated,” said Special Agent Greg Ramey of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “It is safe to say he was planning this robbery and possibly some others.”

Marchand, 24, of Fairport, N.Y., was identified last week as the man who robbed the credit union on July 7. Marchand shot and killed himself after a car chase with local authorities once he left the credit union, officials said.

Ramey said GBI investigators have determined that Marchand was near Goodlettsville, Tenn., near Nashville, before coming to Chatsworth. Marchand left items in the middle Tennessee area that placed him there.

“We know that he left New York and traveled into the middle part of Tennessee, and then made his way into Georgia,” he said. “We’ve been working with those authorities around there as well. He left the Tennessee area right before he committed the robbery this month.”

Ramey said the GBI is still trying to determine why Marchand traveled to Tennessee and Georgia. He said the vehicle Marchand was using during the robbery belonged to him and was registered in New York.

“He had no relatives or contacts down here,” Ramey said. “It seems he was simply looking on a map and found some places he wanted to go.”

Marchand did not have a criminal record in New York prior to coming to Georgia. Ramey said investigators are trying to find out if he had any accomplices.

“We still have a number of investigative leads to follow up on and certainly we have not excluded the fact there could be other possible suspects based on some of the evidence we have recovered,” he said. “We don’t know if there are, and there may not be, but we have to track those things down and see.”

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