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Serial robber now suspected in 12th crime

Raleigh police say a suspect in a series of Triangle bank robberies likely committed his 12th robbery Tuesday afternoon.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Authorities say a man suspected in a series of bank robberies in the Triangle likely committed his 12th robbery in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon.

Police responded to First Citizens Bank at 1200 Ridge Road shortly after 3:30 p.m., after a man wearing sunglasses and a hat handed a teller a note, demanding money.

“Based upon what detectives have learned thus far in the investigation of the case, they consider it likely that the crime was committed by the suspect who has been responsible for other bank robberies in the area,” Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Police stopped vehicles in the area Tuesday afternoon, asking them to be on the lookout for the man whom authorities have dubbed “the Repeat Robber.”

Local and federal authorities believe he is responsible for at least 11 other robberies and robbery attempts in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and Zebulon – most in the past few weeks.

In each case, the robber has been caught on surveillance video as having a beard and mustache and wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap. In many of them, he also used a note to demand money.

The robber in Tuesday’s robbery was described as being about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium-to-heavy build. He was wearing a striped shirt, tan cap and appeared to be wearing women’s sunglasses with large lenses.

Anyone with information about Tuesday’s bank robbery or any of the others is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP, Raleigh police at 919-996-3555 or their local law enforcement agency.

Locations robbed by the 'Repeat Robber'
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