Knightdale police hunting for bank robber

jwhitfield@newsobserver.comJanuary 10, 2014 

— Police are searching for a man who robbed the Vantage South Bank on Knightdale Boulevard on Friday morning.

The robbery happened about 10:15 a.m. Police spokesman Brian Bowman said a man walked up to a teller and handed her a note that implied he had a weapon and demanded money.

The teller placed the money in a bag handed to her by the robber.

No one was injured in the incident and the man never produced a weapon. According to Knightdale police Capt. Lawrence Capps, there were no customers in the bank at the time of the robbery, although the suspect did encounter a customer as he was leaving the bank.

“That customer has proven very valuable to us with some of the information he was able to provide,” Capps said.

Video footage shows the man handing the teller what police say was the demand note. He was wearing sunglasses, a dark jacket and a blue stocking cap with what appeared to be snowflakes on it at the time of the robbery. Police described the robber as a white man with an olive complexion, standing 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches and weighing between 140 and 160 pounds. He appeared to be in his mid 30s.

Police say the man drove away from the bank, at 7120 Knightdale Blvd., in a black Ford Ranger pickup truck believed to be a mid-2000s model. The truck traveled south along Smithfield Road toward the Knightdale Bypass.

This is the first bank robbery Knightdale has had in several months. The last robbery occurred in Dec. 2012 when the State Employee’s Credit Union was robbed. The suspect in that case was apprehended about three hours later.

Whitfield: 919-829-4823; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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