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Man arrested in SunTrust Bank robbery

Posted December 18, 2008 4:39 p.m. EST
Updated December 18, 2008 5:18 p.m. EST

— Durham police arrested a man for allegedly committing the second robbery at the SunTrust Bank on Corcoran Street this week.

Investigators charged Robert Tyrone Scott, 51, of Durham, with common-law robbery. He was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $120,000 bond Thursday.

Officers said that Scott entered the bank around 9:20 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money. He left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

No one was injured, and no weapons were used in the robbery, officers said.

Police broadcast a description of the robber, and Officer J.L. Hamilton stopped Scott, who matched the description, at a parking deck on Pettigrew Street. Hamilton arrested Scott and took him in for questioning.

Investigators said they do not believe that Scott took part in another robbery at the SunTrust Bank Monday.

Scott was most recently convicted of a crime in 1991, when he served 2 1/2 years for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to state Department of Correction records. He was twice convicted of common-law robbery in the early 1980s and late 1970s.