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Halloween-masked robbers hit PNC Bank in Chapel Hill

Posted October 25, 2013 12:39 p.m. EDT
Updated November 27, 2013 12:07 p.m. EST

Authorities released this security video image of a robbery at the PNC Bank on Governor's Drive in Chapel Hill.

— Two armed men wearing Halloween masks robbed a Chapel Hill bank Friday morning and fled, but not before they were caught on security video.

Chatham County sheriff’s investigators released several high-quality images taken from the video in the hopes of catching the two men, who remained at large following the 9:41 a.m. heist at PNC Bank on Governor’s Drive.

Investigators said they were using police dogs to track the unidentified men and found a money bag a short distance away from the bank. They did not disclose how much money was taken in the robbery or whether any was recovered in the bag.

Chatham County authorities used the 911 system to alert nearby residents and businesses by phone about the robbery. They said Willow Oak Montessori School and Carolina Meadows, a retirement community, went on lockdown after getting the automated call.

One robber wore a blue and black plaid shirt, blue jeans and blue gloves. The other wore a North Carolina State University hoodie, blue jeans and blue gloves.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Chatham County Sheriff's Office at 919-542-2911.

The North Carolina Bankers Association is also offering a reward for information leading an arrest. Contact the FBI confidentially at 1-800-209-2293 or submit a confidential tip through the FBI website.