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FBI: Serial robber suspected in Chapel Hill hold-up

Posted October 6, 2010

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— A man suspected in a string of recent bank robberies in Raleigh and Durham is believed to be responsible for a Tuesday heist at a Chapel Hill bank, the FBI said Wednesday.

A BB&T branch at 143 E. Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill was held up at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. A man handed a teller a note demanding money and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, Chapel Hill police said.

No weapon was displayed, and no one was injured.

The same man is suspected of robbing six other banks in Raleigh and Durham in the last two weeks, according to the FBI. In five of those cases, the robber used a note to demand money.

The other robberies are as follows:

  • SunTrust Bank inside a Kroger store at 7905 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh on Oct. 2
  • SunTrust bank inside a Kroger store at 8345 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh on Sept. 29
  • SunTrust Bank at 3421 N. Roxboro Road in Durham on Sept. 28
  • Wood Forest bank inside a Walmart at 10500 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh on Sept. 26
  • SunTrust Bank inside a Harris Teeter at 1817 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Durham on Sept. 25
  • SunTrust Bank at 1231 University Drive in Durham on Sept. 24

The robber is described as a black man, 35 to 50 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a stocky build and dark complexion. He has a beard and mustache and often wears sunglasses and a baseball cap during the robberies.

The man is also suspected in another bank robbery in August 2009, the FBI said.

Anyone with information about the hold-ups or the suspected robber is asked to call the FBI in Raleigh at 919-380-4500, Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP, Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or Chapel Hill Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

The North Carolina Bankers Association is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

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  • pjnoobie2 Oct 7, 2010

    new rule at the bank.no caps and sunglasses...

  • rcso29 Oct 6, 2010

    He's zig zagging...watch out Clayton, Smithfield and that area.

  • Jeff_W Oct 6, 2010

    Looks more like Chief Manley from RMPD

  • awheywego Oct 6, 2010

    Bill Bell?

  • jcd241959 Oct 6, 2010

    Collecting money for the democrats.

  • canesgirl30 Oct 6, 2010

    I work in a bank and i can tell you we do have pictures of him, we know what he looks like. We can't be watching everyone who walks in here and telling them to take off their sunglasses or hoods (not like a robber would comply with our demands anyway). Robberies happen so fast that even if we pressed the "cop button" as some of you like to call it, he would be gone before they got here. SO as easy as it is to sit here and say that banks should just do this and that, it all sounds good in theroy until you get robbed.

  • canesgirl30 Oct 6, 2010

    he probably lives out of this area and figures if he robs banks here, no one he knows will watch the news here.

  • Ms.Manda Oct 6, 2010

    how has he not been caught yet?! with as many pictures as there are of him, you'd think someone would recognize him

    i know i've got my eye out for him but i might be in luck...i work at a credit union and he seems to like suntrust ;)

  • LIVEITUP Oct 6, 2010

    Our local police brought a picture of this guy into our bank. You bet your bottom I have been on the look-out! I can't believe with these pictures of this guy, he hasn't been caught!

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Oct 6, 2010

    WRAL has had this story out for a good while now -- does nobody read/listen to the news? I mean even wachovia got robbed the other day by somebody else. I would think banks would be taking extra precautions or at least branch managers being notified of the robber so they can keep a photo posted for tellers to reference. HELLO! There are things they can do to keep this from continuing!

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