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FBI hangs five N.C. bank heists on 'Interstate Bandits'

Posted July 9, 2008

— Two men whom the FBI has dubbed the "Interstate Bandits" are being blamed for nine bank robberies in four states in recent weeks, including one May 15 in Garner and four others in North Carolina.

All of the robberies, which began May 8, have occurred near interstate highways, the FBI's state headquarters in Charlotte said. Five have been in North Carolina – the one in Garner and ones in Cary, Concord, Huntersville and Raleigh.

The other robberies have been in Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama, the FBI said.

On June 6, the two struck a SunTrust branch at 950 N. Harrison Ave. in Cary. Police said the two men entered the bank at 10:55 a.m., jumped the counter and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash.

Last week, the men shoved people during a robbery at First Citizens Bank on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, but no one was injured.

One of the pair, captured in a surveillance photo during the May 15 robbery at a SunTrust branch at 118 Small Pine Drive, threatened a teller with a gun. The man wore a cap with a New York Yankees logo and had gold teeth, police said.

In the Garner heist, one robber was described as a black man in his late 20s to early 30s, 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall and weighing 225 pounds. He was wearing a brown jacket.

The other robber in Garner was described as a black man, 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall and weighing 210 pounds. He was wearing a dark shirt and sunglasses and had a gold tooth and a goatee.

FBI spokeswoman said agents believe the robbers are becoming more violent. Agents asked that anyone with information that will help apprehend the two call the FBI's Charlotte office at 704-377-9200 or their local police at 911.


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  • ifcdirector Jul 9, 2008

    No the State of North Carolina makes quite sure that you are unable to carry your gun into a bank even if you have a concealed carry permit. We can't have people defending themselves in areas where they might need it can we? That just doesn't fit with liberal sensibilities. Plus we should feel sorry for these poor bank robbers and just understand that their socio-economic backgrounds make them do the things they do. Yeah right. It too bad most liberals don't have to live in the places and situations they create with their idiotic laws and policies.

  • skypilot-not Jul 9, 2008

    can't believe they have not caugh these clowns yet...what's it going to take? For them to leave a picture I.D? sheech

  • dogsrule12cheek Jul 9, 2008

    I guess we all need to go to the bank packing guns like the old days, thats whats going to happen we will start defending ourselfs you will be better off, but my luck i would shot someone and go to jail the rest of my life and they would get nothing. Crimials have more rights then we do.

  • iron fist Jul 9, 2008

    State trying to make displaying a noose a felony and the FBI "hangs" could have used a better word. Personally I don't find hanging or noose offensive but some do and with all of it being in the news I am surprised they would "hang" anything

  • pinkfemnc Jul 9, 2008

    Get a job!

  • wanderer Jul 9, 2008

    What's a ribber? Sorry, I don't see bank tellers ever being allowed to have guns. Would be nice but don't see it happening. I do have an idea though. Most banks have two sets of doors people need to walk through, right? Why not replace those doors with bullet proof glass. If possible, also expand the entry area to there is more distance between the doors too. Then, when robbers come rob the bank, the teller lets them get into the entry area, presses a button and seals both sets of doors. They can't shoot the glass out. They might be able to physically break the glass bodily that I don't know. Sounds like a good idea right?

  • HappyGirl08 Jul 9, 2008

    When can we bank employees be allowed to have guns? Just wondering...

  • whatelseisnew Jul 9, 2008

    I am quite sure these two gentlemen have had a hard childhood and just do not understand that it is wrong to rob banks.