'Repeat Robber' strikes again in Raleigh?

October 19, 2010 8:56:55 PM PDT
Raleigh police are investigating another bank robbery that appears to be the work of the "Repeat Robber."

Authorities were called to the First Citizens Bank on Ridge Road at Wade Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says the suspect, an African American man, fled the bank on foot.

A surveillance photo from the bank robbery showed the suspect wearing a striped shirt and tan cap. He also appeared to be wearing women's sunglasses with large lenses. The suspect is described as standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall and having a medium-to-heavy build.

The case matches the description of the so-called "Repeat Robber" who's held up several banks in the Triangle area over the past few months.

Triangle residents have heard about him, but some say they are surprised authorities have not caught him yet.

"It's pretty interesting that he can just come in and hand a note and they give him money and he leaves," Raleigh resident Gina Goldthwaite said. "It seems too simple to be true."

All of the Repeat Robber's crimes have been mainly in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Authorities say many have taken place at bank branches in and around busy grocery stores:

· 08/10/2009 -- SunTrust, 7905 Falls of the Neuse Road, Raleigh

· 09/24/2010 -- SunTrust, 1231 University Drive, Durham

· 09/25/2010 -- SunTrust, 1817 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Durham

· 09/26/2010 -- Woodforest National Bank, 10050 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh

· 09/28/2010 -- SunTrust, 3421 Roxboro Road, Durham

· 09/29/2010 -- SunTrust, 8345 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh

· 10/02/2010 -- SunTrust, 7905 Falls of the Neuse Road, Raleigh

· 10/05/2010 -- BB and T, 143 E. Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill

· 10/08/2010 -- First Citizens Bank, 101 Wakelon St, Zebulon

· 10/08/2010 -- Wachovia, 1701 N Harrison, Cary

· 10/14/2010 -- BB and T, 4424 Capital Blvd, Raleigh

The FBI is currently working with local police departments to help catch the robber.

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the case is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or the RPD's Detective Division at (919) 996-3555. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solved cases.

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