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Police Link Bank Robbery Suspect To Skeleton Mask ATM Robberies

Posted April 24, 2005

— Raleigh police have charged a suspect in a string of armed robberies that occurred at drive-through ATMs earlier in the year.

David James Talton, 25, who was arrested earlier this week in connection with a bank robbery, has been charged with six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of attempted robbery.

Talton will make his first court appearance on Monday.

Talton remains in the Wake County Jail on $1.3 million bond. He has been in the jail since last Monday, following his arrest in connection with the robbery of the Wachovia Bank at 4560 Capital Blvd.

The skeleton-masked robber struck six times in February targeting customers as they took money from drive-up ATM machines.

Police said they came close to catching Talton after the last ATM robbery in late February, but think that he knew police almost caught him. So he stopped, they said.

"We were not going to let this guy go," said Chief Jane Perlov of the Raleigh Police Department. "We were going to capture him. We were going to hunt him down."

Detectives also said Friday that the suspect used the same BB gun in Monday's robbery that he allegedly used in the ATM robberies. They also said that they had found clothes and other evidence that connected Talton to the cash machine case. They did not say if the skeleton mask the robber wore was one of the items.

During the robberies, police say the suspect typically waited for customers to insert their card and enter their PIN before he would run up, point a gun in their face and demand money.


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