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Search continues for bank robber

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A Rocky Mount police car blocks the entrance to the Wells Fargo bank branch Tuesday on Benvenue Road after it was robbed.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The search continued late Monday night for a suspect in the robbery of a Wells Fargo bank in Rocky Mount.

The bank, located on the 1400 block of Benvenue Road, was robbed at around 2 p.m.

Police have been unable to provide a description of the robber other than he wore some type of mask over the lower part of his face and covered his weapon during the hold-up.

Detectives were reviewing security footage Monday afternoon but haven't determine the robber's ethnicity to aid in identification, said Cpl. Brad Summerlin, spokesman for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

“It's unclear what type of weapon was used because the suspect had it covered,” Summerlin said.

It became a federal crime to rob a bank in 1934. The law has been extended to include state bank members of the Federal Reserve System. Included today are bank burglary, larceny and similar crimes with jurisdiction delegated to the FBI.

In all, 107 banks were robbed in North Carolina in 2016, according to the most recent FBI statistics.

There were 106 banks robbed in 2015; 103 banks in 2014; 122 in 2013; and 120 in 2014.

Authorities were unable by press time to provide a still photo of the suspect in Monday's stick-up.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Text a tip to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL to direct the tip to the Rocky Mount Police Department and type up to 155 characters about the information.

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