Surveillance Photos Released In Pamlico County Bank Robbery

Deputies have released surveillance photos from Monday's bank robbery in Oriental.

Shortly after 4:00 p.m. two gunmen came into First Citizens Bank on Broad Street and demanded money.

Three employees and a customer were inside at the time.

The photos show the two black men, all dressed in black, wearing hooded sweatshirts, gloves and possibly ski masks.

Lawmen say it is believed the bank robbery is connected to suspicious activity at another bank some 23 miles away.

Aurora Police Chief Michael Harmon says around 1:45 p.m. Monday a man tried to get into the Southern Bank. The chief says the bank has double doors, and before employees buzzed the man inside a metal detector went off. The man turned around and left.

Harmon says that person was described as a black man, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black shoes, and appeared to be wearing gloves. He was around 6'0" tall and weighed between 170 and 175 pounds.

Anyone with information on the bank robbery should call the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office at 252-745-3101.


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Deputies say they are looking for the same suspect in the robbery of a bank in Pamlico County Monday and suspicious activity at another bank in Beaufort County.

Authorities say the First Citizens Bank on Broad Street in Oriental was held-up around 4:00 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Sheriff Billy Sawyer says two black men, one armed with a semi-automatic pistol, burst into the bank and pointed the gun at a teller.

The sheriff says the men had covered their faces with their jackets. He says after getting cash, the two ran out of the bank. A small silver car was seen following them. He says one of the suspects matches a suspect in a Beaufort County case earlier in the day.

Aurora Police Chief Michael Harmon says around 1:45 p.m. Monday a man tried to get into the Southern Bank. The chief says the bank has double doors, and before employees buzzed the man inside a metal detector went off. The man turned around and left.

Harmon says that person was described as a black man, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black shoes, and appeared to be wearing gloves. He was around 6'0" tall and weighed between 170 and 175 pounds.

The chief says they are working with Pamlico County and believe the two cases are linked. Aurora is just 23 miles from Oriental.


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