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Raleigh suspect might be serial bank robber

Posted March 31, 2010

— A suspect who robbed a Raleigh bank Wednesday morning is believed to be the same man wanted in a series of other bank robberies, police said.

The robbery happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. at the Wachovia Bank at 2600 Hillsborough St., police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Investigators believe the man also robbed the SunTrust Bank at 910 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary on Nov. 25; the Wachovia at 6623 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh on Dec. 29 and Jan. 21; and the SunTrust branch at 3620 Six Forks Road in Raleigh on Feb. 26.

A teller was injured in the Feb. 26 robbery.

In each case, the robber was described as a masked black man with a slender to medium build who is about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11 and has noticeably misshapen teeth.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.

Wachovia, SunTrust Bank and the Raleigh and Cary Crime Stoppers organizations are offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the cases.


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  • TeresaBee Mar 31, 2010

    When I lived in New Jersey they had/have thick glass between teller and customer. Leaving out the weapons thank you.
    Also those teeth might be real might not be.

  • mistersinister Mar 31, 2010

    As for arming tellers, I watched 20/20 once regarding guns and arming everyone. A study was done about people being armed in public during "aggravated" situations. The people involved were everyday people, but most all had experience with guns. Each subject was in a classroom filled with extras if you will, listening to what they thought was a seminar. All of a sudden, a guy burst in and started shooting.

    Not one of subjects of the study, who were armed, were able to even get their gun out of the holster in time to do anything at all. Some of these people have even been handling weapons since their childhood. So I'm not sure that sending a teller to training, handing him/her a gun, and saying Good Luck, would be the best resolution.

  • happy Mar 31, 2010

    This is exactly why ALL bank tellers should be armed and required to be trained in the use of their weapon. We would have NO bank robberies after a few attempts. Those of you who are going to bother arguing against the carrying of weapons, save your breath, those of us who aren't 'sheep' already have our eyes open to the real world...

    NO, this is why all banks should go to the Coastal Federal CU model where you don't interact with tellers face to face. They are behind a wall. You pick up a phone (best I remember, it's been awhile since I went in) and talk/see them on the monitor. Transactions are NOT face to face.

  • blahblahblah Mar 31, 2010

    All the robberies occurred near the end of the month. Rent must be due.

  • TStills Mar 31, 2010

    LOL @ "noticeably misshapen teeth". No doubt a few gold ones in there, as well...

  • kbow80 Mar 31, 2010

    Being a former bank teller it is such a waste to rob a bank. Tellers do not have much cash on them and are limited to how much they can buy from the vault. With that being said you would have to rob more than one bank to get the amount of cash you want and that is too much time and energy. But I guess for people that do not have jobs, it's ok.

  • ncguy Mar 31, 2010

    A robber with a bad grill. LOL!

  • hdsoftail Mar 31, 2010

    I am with vaulter--My eyes are wide open. Since I live in Rocky Mount and have a carry permit--yes my weapon is on me most of the time.

  • tperciac Mar 31, 2010

    According to the story "one hurt in Raleigh bank robbery" the robber was described as heavy set. In this robbery the robber is described as a slender to medium build, yet it's consider to be the same person? Guess he's lost some weight running from banks.

  • SomeRandomGuy Mar 31, 2010

    "This is exactly why ALL bank tellers should be armed and required to be trained in the use of their weapon."

    I have not seen ANY bank that does not have a no weapons sign on the door.
    Maybe Raleigh PD had their license plate scanning camera in the area this morning...LOL.