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Serial robber now suspected in 12th crime

Posted October 19, 2010
Updated October 23, 2010

— Authorities say a man suspected in a series of bank robberies in the Triangle likely committed his 12th robbery in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon.

Police responded to First Citizens Bank at 1200 Ridge Road shortly after 3:30 p.m., after a man wearing sunglasses and a hat handed a teller a note, demanding money.

“Based upon what detectives have learned thus far in the investigation of the case, they consider it likely that the crime was committed by the suspect who has been responsible for other bank robberies in the area,” Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Police stopped vehicles in the area Tuesday afternoon, asking them to be on the lookout for the man whom authorities have dubbed “the Repeat Robber.”

Local and federal authorities believe he is responsible for at least 11 other robberies and robbery attempts in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and Zebulon – most in the past few weeks.

In each case, the robber has been caught on surveillance video as having a beard and mustache and wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap. In many of them, he also used a note to demand money.

The robber in Tuesday’s robbery was described as being about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium-to-heavy build. He was wearing a striped shirt, tan cap and appeared to be wearing women’s sunglasses with large lenses.

Anyone with information about Tuesday’s bank robbery or any of the others is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP, Raleigh police at 919-996-3555 or their local law enforcement agency.

Locations robbed by the 'Repeat Robber'

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  • conservatism lives Oct 25, 2010

    @sheep...are you being serious? I'm just curious...if so, do you realize how busy the Police would be? To be honest, they don't have time to run from bank alarm to bank alarm all day...

  • conservatism lives Oct 25, 2010

    @some...you really think he rides a bus? seriously?

  • SomeRandomGuy Oct 20, 2010

    "there is a bus that goes to zebulon?"

    Yes there is, TTA runs a route to Zebulon.

  • serious Oct 20, 2010

    I think its a lost cause anitov. These people don't seem to understand that a bank robber doesn't follow the rules. Which should be pretty obvious since robbing a bank is against the law itself!

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 20, 2010

    vbrownnc, I actually understand what you are saying. Lol at people who think a teller should make a bank robber remove their disguise per the dress code before they can proceed with robbing the bank so the camera gets a picture. Why not also make the teller get 2 forms of ID before the robbery is finished? Unreal.

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 20, 2010

    "Without the hat and glasses would give someone a better look at this guy not to mention that he would be more recognizable in video surveillance." johnbage

    The man is robbing a bank, he is not going to take off his disguise because of a dress code. Think of it this way, he is not wearing a hat and glasses, he is wearing a mask to hide his face. No rule is going to make him reveal his face before robbing the bank. I can't believe I have to explain this.

  • serious Oct 20, 2010

    Momnay-the nice respectful people who obey the signs and remove their hat and glasses are not the ones that are going to rob you. When a robber comes in and sees a sign that says please remove hat and sunglasses does not care about the rule, does not care of you call the police because he is a ROBBER! Geez people what part of that do you not understandama

  • HollyRidge Oct 20, 2010

    >>>What do you suggest? Maybe a sign that reads "Please take off your hat and glasses before robbing us"? Wouldn't a sign reading "Do not rob bank" be as effective? For the last time, a bank robber is not worried about a dress code. ~anitov

    Come on have some common sense here anitov. Its probably not going to stop it from happening. Without the hat and glasses would give someone a better look at this guy not to mention that he would be more recognizable in video surveillance. So far its been hard to notice much facial characteristics from what has been released so far. Some banks in other areas already do this as it has been noted before in previous new post about this guy.

  • momnay Oct 20, 2010

    "What do you suggest? Maybe a sign that reads "Please take off your hat and glasses before robbing us"? "

    Some banks do have signs that request hats and sunglasses to be taken off at the door. If someone disregards that sign, they put themselves on alert and get the police on the phone. It is a start and legally acceptable to ask customers to do so. If you didn't remove hat and/or glasses, someone spoke to you immediatley and asked you to remove them. A biker dude walked in ahead of me one day and was in the process of taking his had off as he walked through the door, but did not remove sunglasses and they were right on it. He complied and appologized, they explained and all was well. We can't let this guy make the rules!

  • imsosorry Oct 20, 2010

    Bailey88- well said, I am right there with you behind the teller line, not literally, but you know what I mean.