Suspect Arrested In Tarboro Bank Robbery

A man wanted for robbing a Tarboro last month is now behind bars.

Monroe Smith, Jr. was arrested Tuesday night in Baltimore County, Maryland. Tarboro police say Smith is also facing charges in Maryland.

Smith is accused of holding up the RBC Bank on February 18th. Police say Smith skipped town on an Amtrack train and have been working with Maryland authorities ever since to find him.

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Right now Tarboro Police are on the search for Monroe Harold Smith, Jr. in connection to a robbery at RBC Bank on Wednesday.

Authorities tell WITN they identified Smith from surveillance photos from Heritage Bank. They believe he originally went into Heritage then left and headed to RBC, where he held up a teller and walked away with cash.

Police say they searched Smith's residence and learned he skipped out of town on an Amtrak train heading to Baltimore, Maryland. Now local authorities are working with Maryland Police to try and bring Smith into custody.

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The thief who robbed the RBC Bank on Main Street in Tarboro is still on the lose.

It happened at 9:25am this morning. Police tell WITN a black male wearing a sweatshirt walked into the bank and demanded cash from the teller. The teller complied and the robber made off on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

The thief is being described as a black male, about 6'3", and between 180-210 pounds.

Anyone with information is being asked to call: 252-641-4201 or 252-641-4247.

Tarboro Police also say there was an unusual incident that occurred at Heritage Bank. All authorities will say is a suspicious male walked into the bank but there was not a robbery. That male had similar characteristics as the thief in connection to the RBC robbery but they do not think the two are connected right now and are focusing their investigation on the RBC Bank robbery.

Police also say the robbery in Tarboro is not connected to another bank robbery which occurred in Greenville about an hour later.

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