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Police arrest man in connection with bank robbery
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Sylvester Lenwood Riggins

Sunday, June 9, 2013


A Martinsville man was arrested Friday in connection with an alleged robbery of BB&T Bank earlier that day.

Sylvester Lenwood Riggins, 53, of 20 Fayette St., was arrested Friday night by Martinsville Police officers Lane Clark and Robbie Haynes and charged with robbery, Police Chief Mike Rogers said.

Around 5 p.m., officers responded to BB&T Bank at the corner of East Church and Ellsworth streets, according to a release from polithe ce department. The bank reported that a black man wearing a white hat with green bill and writing, a navy blue jacket, glasses, a black- and white-striped shirt and white athletic shoes entered the bank and produced a note indicating a robbery, the release stated.

The teller complied with the note and the man left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money walking toward Main Street, the release added. Another witness reported seeing the man walking up Main Street near the Ford Street intersection, it stated.

Later that evening, Clark and Haynes spotted a man fitting the description of the one identified by the witnesses while responding to an unrelated call in the area, Rogers said.

Clark apprehended and arrested Riggins, Rogers said. He currently is being held in the Martinsville City Jail with no bond, Rogers said. A bond hearing is scheduled for Monday, Rogers added.

“This is the second time we’ve had a robbery in the uptown area, which comes as a surprise to me,” Rogers said. “It’s such close proximity to the PD, but I’m proud of the success we’ve had in solving both case .”


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