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Wake Forest schools locked down as police search for bank robber

Posted December 4, 2013

Police were searching for this man, who was captured on security video during a bank robbery of the PNC branch at 3619 Rogers Road in Wake Forest on Dec. 4, 2013.

— Six Wake Forest schools were briefly locked down Wednesday afternoon following a bank robbery.

Heritage High School, Heritage Middle School, Wake Forest Middle School, Heritage Elementary School, Thales Academy and Thales Academy Elementary were locked down as a precaution while police searched for a man who robbed a PNC Bank branch at 3619 Rogers Road.

The lockdown was lifted about 1:15 p.m., according to Wake County public schools. But the man remained at large.

Wake Forest police said the man was wearing a navy blue zip-up running jacket, a white baseball cap and a white hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wake Forest police at 919-556-9111, or the FBI at 1-800-209-2293, or submit a tip through the FBI website.

The North Carolina Bankers Association offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of anyone involved.


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  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Dec 5, 2013

    Keeping all the doors locked in the schools...maybe you should check the OSHA regulations on that. Those doors that are locked have to have a push bar to exit. Schools are public buildings and as with all public buildings they can not be completely locked up. You have to maintain an "open door policy" with the public. Should schools be exempt from this YES!

  • UNCW_Ash Dec 5, 2013

    flashyswife - I believe on a typical day all the doors are locked except one front door to allow visitors to enter.

  • flashyswife Dec 4, 2013

    Question...are all of the doors on those schools, or every WCPSS school, locked everyday all day? If not, then it doesn't make sense to try to scramble and run around and lock doors with an active threat. You may as well leave them open.
    Just sayin....

  • Phyxius1 Dec 4, 2013

    Sad thing is with Christmas around the corner there will be more of these and other strong arm robberies. Even the drink bottlers see a rise in break-ins in vending machines as people look for spending money for the holidays.
    He did give them a nice clear pic to go by though.

  • Obamacare for one and all Dec 4, 2013

    lol...I too thought he looked like Favre in the second surveillance pic.

  • Gatsby Dec 4, 2013

    I thought the former Packer QB was making commercials for Wrangle jeans...Now he is about to be wrangled himself by the WFPD & FBI

  • froggygirl Dec 4, 2013

    Actually, he looks so ordinary that with a change of clothes he could slip away.

  • 678devilish Dec 4, 2013

    If schools would fix all doors where anyone on the outside could not get in, but those on the inside can. There are certain up dated schools that have these kind of doors. All schools should have them. Then schools would not have to be cut because of some criminal activity on the outside.

  • common tater Dec 4, 2013

    Still baffled at the lack of image quality ...especially at a bank. But I admit this one is better than most I've seen lately.

  • miyata Dec 4, 2013

    LOL...well I'm sure none of his friends, co-workers or family members will recognize him from that picture.