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Tip leads to arrest in Garner bank robbery

Police were investigating the robbery of the Fifth Third Bank on U.S. Highway 70 Friday afternoon.

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Dannie Simon Parker - mug shot 11/9 - Garner bank robber, Fifth Third Bank
GARNER, N.C. — Garner police say a tipster led them to the arrest of a suspect in the robbery of a bank off U.S. Highway 70 Friday.

Officers arrested Dannie Simon Parker, 38, of 312 Tryon Road in Raleigh, Saturday afternoon. He was charged with common-law robbery.

Investigators said the tipster called them Saturday morning after seeing surveillance pictures of the bank robber on a local media Web site.

"They saw the picture and immediately recognized who they thought to be Mr. Parker," Investigator Amy Miller said. "Without this tip, it would have been a difficult case to solve."

Officers searched a building at what was listed as Parker's home address and seized money and clothing.

Witnesses told police that a man entered the Fifth-Third Bank, at 1145 U.S. 70 West in Garner, around 4:40 p.m. Friday. He handed a teller a note demanding money, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot toward Timber Drive.

Parker was being held in the Wake County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond Sunday afternoon.

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