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Robber with fake nose hits Wake Forest bank

Posted October 20, 2010

— A black man wearing a fake nose robbed a Wake Forest bank Wednesday afternoon, police said.

It does not appear to be linked to a string of recent bank robberies.

A man asked a teller at Capital Bank, 12217 Capital Blvd., for money and fled on foot in the direction of Hampton Way, said Bill Crabtree, a spokesman for the Wake Forest Police Department.

"The subject had communicated to a teller that it was a hold-up," Crabtree said.

The suspect was described slender, about 6 feet 3 inches tall and wore a white baseball cap, a blue jacket with white stripes on the sleeves and blue jeans. He had a fake nose taped to his face and stubble or acne scars on his chin.

Anyone in the vicinity of Capital Bank this afternoon between noon and 1:15 p.m. with information about this incident should call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-556-9111.

Crabtree said that investigators will look at any possible links to other bank robberies in the area, but the suspect in the Wake Forest robbery is significantly taller than the suspect dubbed the "Repeat Robber" by authorities.

The "Repeat Robber" has committed at least 11 robberies at banks around the Triangle over the past few weeks. He's also a suspect in a 2009 Raleigh bank robbery.

The "Repeat Robber" is described as a black man about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium-to-heavy build. He has worn a baseball cap and sunglasses to commit each of the crimes.


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  • Wolfheel Tarpack Oct 20, 2010

    I think the word choice should have been significantly slimmer than the repeat robber.

  • The Beatles Oct 20, 2010

    All the banks in the region should be on full alert and have adequate security measures in place to protect themselves from these would be petty thieves. Security cameras aren't enough. Armed uniformed security guards would be a huge deterrent to potential robbers. Just like the convenience store in Johnston County, if robbers know that you have a weapon and intend to use it against them, they won't be coming to visit your place of business or bother you.

  • mikeyj Oct 20, 2010

    If a guy walks into a bank with a "fake" nose and the bank manager is not certified with a concealed handgun, IMHO the place being that dumb should be robbed. If the robbers got shot a few times rumor would spread. Crime will slow down. Just sayin

  • robbins Oct 20, 2010

    Anymore, I don't walk inside my bank unless I absolutely have to. Now, that's just wrong!

  • robbins Oct 20, 2010

    the suspect in the Wake Forest robbery is significantly shorter than the suspect dubbed the "Repeat Robber" by authorities.

    The article goes on to state that the Repeat Robber is 5'7". The "significantly shorter" robber today in Wake Forest is 6'3". ???????????

    I had wondered how soon we'd see some impostors. It looked too easy, not to try it, I suppose. And after all, a prison term will only serve to provide housing and food . . . What's to worry about?

  • Jeff_W Oct 20, 2010

    Great picture, they chose for the web. I will surely recognize that shirt sleeve when I see it again!

  • crzyoutlaws Oct 20, 2010

    thats what i'm tryin to figure out "significantly shorter" 6'3" or 5'7"...proofread please....lol

  • Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev RP Oct 20, 2010

    Don't bank robbers realize that very few of them can elude police for long? So you are almost guaranteed a prison sentence for a few thousand dollars.

  • renaizzanceman Oct 20, 2010

    Hello?! Ladies... how is 6'3" tall "significantly shorter..." than 5'7"? Have we forgotten basic math?

  • MudLife Oct 20, 2010

    forget Lady Gaga being a top halloween costume this year i think the repeat robber is gonna be the number one costume this year.