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Police: Wachovia hold-up might be work of serial robber

Posted June 2, 2010
Updated June 3, 2010

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

The robbery happened shortly after 4 p.m. at the Wachovia Bank at 2600 Hillsborough St., police said. The robber fired a shot from a handgun, but no one was injured, police said.

Investigators believe the man robbed the same bank on March 31, as well as 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. He also wore a dark blue sweatshirt with the company name "Chris' Detail" on the back or a black sweatshirt with the the number 25 on the front in several of the robberies, police said.

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. The N.C. Bankers Association is also offering a reward for the arrest and indictment of a suspect.

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.


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  • chris01236 Jun 3, 2010

    what happens when you try to "take out a robber" and only injure him/her? and then they turn and kill several people in the bank?
    great idea DeathRow.......NOT

  • brittanydwest Jun 3, 2010

    to DeathRow: Have you ever worked at a bank??? Because I DO and as employees we are REQUIRED to attend robbery training each year. The goal is to get the robber OUT of the bank with no one harmed, not try and be a hero and take them out.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 3, 2010

    One or two employees in each bank should attend training to learn the best avenue to handle a robber and proper gun training. And the employees' salary should reflect their additional duties. They should also have the RIGHT to defend their property by taking out a robber. From what we all read about these robberies, its as easy as walking in and demanding money. If they didn't know which employee could and would take them out, they would think twice about doing it.

  • wwwalker Jun 3, 2010

    You would think between the two banks they could cough up more than $15,000, without the help of Crime Stoppers.

  • itom68 Jun 2, 2010

    good luck RPD...