Zebulon police spoil robbery attempt

From staff reportsMay 21, 2013 


— Police on Friday arrested a Knightdale man after they say he tried to rob the First Citizens Bank on Wakelon Drive in Zebulon.

Zebulon officers took Richard Gardner Ennis, 50, of 510 Sallinger Street, Knightdale, into custody before he ever exited the bank.

Ennis faces one charge of attempted common law robbery. As of Monday, he remained in the Wake County Jail under $10,000 secure bond and he was scheduled to appear in court that day.

In a press release, Zebulon police Chief Tim Hayworth said the suspect entered the bank at about 5:09 p.m., approached a bank employee and declared he was committing a robbery.

Police arrived on the scene in less than one minute and made the arrest, according to the release. The bank, located at 101 Wakelon Drive, is just across the street from the Zebulon Municipal Complex, located at 1000 N. Arendell Ave., which houses the Zebulon Police Station.

“That bank’s been robbed before, but this is the first time it’s been attempted since the police department’s been in this location,” Hayworth said. “It was right around 5 p.m., so there were a lot cops around, coming in and leaving, so it was a bad time for a bank robber.”

No weapon was located, there were no injuries or shots fired and the suspect did not obtain any money, police said.

Police found Ennis’ vehicle in the bank parking lot and had it towed from the scene.

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