Robbery suspect leaves name, address behind

May 20, 2009 4:55:53 AM PDT
Police say they caught a suspected bank robber after he left identifying paperwork inside during the holdup.The suspect, 51-year-old William Richard Bullock of Cary, is charged with armed robbery.

On the afternoon of May 15, Durham police say a man entered the RBC Centura Bank at 2313 E. NC Highway 54.

After approaching a teller and having a conversation, the teller asked the man if he was "all set."

According to the teller, the man, who wore a gauze patch on his right eye replied, "I'll be all set after you give me all your money." Then the man allegedly revealed a gun and pointed it at the teller before demanding that several other employees come out of their offices.

The teller said the suspect forced another teller to open the cash drawers. That's when he grabbed money and fled the bank to a Nissan Altima that was parked outside.

Employees say after the suspect got into his car, he got out, returned to the bank and tried to re-enter. The door was locked, but he eventually broke it after repeatedly and forcefully pulling on the handle.

Employees told police the suspect retrieved a notebook he had dropped on the floor and then left the bank a second time. He got away with over $19,000.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found papers, presumably left in the bank by the suspect. On the papers, were Bullock's name and address.

Police also used the information to search for a registered vehicle through the DMV. That search revealed a 2003 Nissan Altima registered in Bullock's name. It was similar to the one described by witnesses at the bank.

Investigators say they positively identified Bullock by taking a surveillance photo from the robbery and comparing it to Bullock's DMV photo.


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