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Local bank robbery may have N.C. tie
This image taken from a security camera shows a woman suspected in the Wednesday attempted robbery of High Point Bank in Kernersville, N.C. The Henry County Sheriff's Office on Thursday said they are investigating whether the suspect in the Kernersville incident may be tied to the robbery of the Carter Bank & Trust in Ridgeway, also on Wednesday. (Contributed photo)
Friday, June 6, 2014
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Henry County authorities said they think the robbery of a bank in Ridgeway and the attempted robbery of a Kernersville, N.C., bank on Wednesday are connected.
The method of operation and the description of the suspect in both instances is similar, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the robbery at the Carter Bank & Trust branch on Horsepasture-Price Road in Ridgeway, to which it responded at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
On Thursday, investigators learned of an attempted robbery in Kernersville, the release stated.
North Carolina media, quoting the Kernersville Police Department, said a High Point Bank branch on Pineview Drive in Kernersville was the scene of an attempted robbery around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
According to those media reports, a black woman entered the bank and gave a teller a note demanding money, but she did not get any and then walked away from the bank.
The suspect in that incident was described as being 18 to 25 years old, about 5 feet tall and thin.
In the Carter Bank robbery, a woman entered the bank, gave a teller a note and then left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, a sheriff’s office release showed. It said the suspect was wearing a gray hoodie and hospital-type scrubs — dark blue pants and a white top with multicolor designs.
A Carter Bank photo showed the suspect in that robbery had a hood pulled over her head. A High Point Bank photo shows the suspect in that attempt was wearing a wide-brimmed hat, although a hood is visible on her shirt.
“Just from the photos, they appear to be the same person,” said Capt. Eric Winn of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
Statements received from witnesses at the Carter Bank robbery justify that idea, Winn said.
“We believe both instances are related,” the release stated.
In addition to the similar-looking suspects, “we also have reason to believe” that a gold or light-colored sport utility vehicle with North Carolina license plates was involved in the Carter Bank robbery, the release added.
The High Point Bank photo is clearer than the Carter Bank photo.
With a clearer image, “hopefully we’ll get some calls” from people who recognize the person in that photo, Winn said.
Anyone with information regarding the Ridgeway robbery is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 632-7463.
The Crimestoppers program offers rewards up to $1,000 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information provided determine the amount of reward paid.