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Man sought after bank robbery attempt

Posted September 15, 2010

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— Raleigh police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man caught on surveillance cameras attempting to rob a bank.

At about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect entered the Wachovia bank at 7801 Falls of Neuse Road and approached a teller, police said. He produced a note announcing a robbery and implied he was armed with a weapon.

The suspect, however, left the bank prior to completing the robbery. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot.

The suspect is described as a black man in his early twenties with a slender build. He is about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall. The suspect has close-cut hair and was wearing sunglasses, a gray or off-white colored T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone who might know the suspect’s identity is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.


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  • jet2rdu Sep 16, 2010

    Does anyone else notice that the picture quality and resolution of the bank cameras make your cell phone pictures look like Rembrandts?

    I have seen security cameras with higher resolution that produce video/pictures that are clear enough to read the serial numbers on currency, ticket numbers or logos on casino chips.

    Perhaps it is time that the video cameras and recorders get updated, especially on locations with repetitive crime. With all the extra money the banks are earning by paying below 1 percent interest rates on savings and money market accounts, and the increased banking fees to consumers, they sure have a few dollars available for their security upgrades.

  • canesgirl30 Sep 16, 2010

    its the other Wachovia on Falls of Neuse that got hit a bunch of times earlier this year.

  • smcallah Sep 15, 2010

    How does a bank asking people to remove hats and sunglasses prevent armed bank robberies?

    If someone is armed, and is going to rob a bank, do you think they are going to obey the sign? And do you really think that they are going to be able to tell a person with a gun to take off his hat or sun glasses? REALLY?

    And I've seen many bank robberies where someone walks into the bank with a full mask on. Do they need a sign to tell people to leave their halloween masks and guns outside?

    NOTE: Criminals do not follow laws, so they will also not follow rules. You only inconvenience everyone else with stupid rules.

  • slayerhil Sep 15, 2010

    I seriously doubt anyone attempting to rob a bank would remove their hat and/or sunglasses upon entering a bank that requires it's customers to do so. I mean come on! lol

  • genegeneandnancy Sep 15, 2010

    "Lead by Example" is right on, but of course, you will have some that will be in an uproar screaming their rights have been violated by being asked to remove a hat and sunglasses. I was in a small discount store last winter, and a young guy came in with a sweatshirt hood over his head, and the clerk politely asked him to remove it, and he did. Better safe than sorry.

  • xsummachicax Sep 15, 2010

    Can we stop trying to rob the same bank? Or at the very least, get more security to watch this bank. Is this not the 52nd time? I mean geez! You are making it too easy!

  • Lead by Example Sep 15, 2010

    Banks need to make everyone remove hats and sunglasses after entering. This may not prevent robberies, but will definitely help in identifying suspects.