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'Bearcat Bandit' charged in more bank robberies

Posted December 31, 2009 12:54 p.m. EST

— Authorities in one more North Carolina city have charged an Ohio man suspected in approximately a dozen bank robberies in the Carolinas in the past three months.

Burlington police on Wednesday charged Michael J. Dolphin, 47, of Loveland, Ohio, in connection with the Nov. 24 armed robbery of a Capital Bank branch on Huffman Mill Road.

Dolphin was arrested Christmas Day at a gas station in Mocksville after someone in a BB&T bank branch recognized him and called 911.

Investigators think Dolphin robbed banks in Durham, Greensboro, Mocksville, High Point, Winston-Salem, Burlington, Hickory, Statesville and Spartanburg, S.C., since October.

The robber was dubbed the "Bearcat Bandit," because he wore a jacket with the logo of the University of Cincinnati athletic teams.

Dolphin was being held in the Davie County Jail Thursday under a $750,000 bond.