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Person County man nabbed in Duplin bank robbery

Posted March 18, 2011 9:17 a.m. EDT

— Officers arrested a suspect just four minutes after a bank robbery in Duplin County Thursday morning, Wallace Police Chief Bobby Maready said.

He said that at 10:17 a.m., a caller reported a robbery at the First Bank at 517 N. Norwood St. in Wallace.

A man gave a teller a note stating that he had a gun and wanted money, then got an undisclosed amount of money and left in a dark-colored SUV, the police chief said.

Officers briefly pursued the SUV before the driver stopped, Maready said. State troopers and Duplin County sheriff's deputies assisted.

Todd Alphonso Griffin 44, of Timberlake, was charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. He was placed in the Duplin County jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

Griffin has a string of break-in, larceny, forgery and jail-escape convictions from the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to state Department of Correction records. He served about a decade in prison.