FIRST ON WITN: Bank Robbery Suspect In Custody

A bank robbery suspect, arrested early this morning in Jacksonville, went before a district court judge.

Rodney Milton is being held on a $130,000 bond after his arrest at the Coastal Motel on Wilmington Highway by Jacksonville police.

Police identified Milton as the suspect in the robbery of the Marine Federal Credit Union on Richlands Highway Wednesday after someone saw the surveillance photo of the robber on WITN News and called police.

Milton is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of schedule II controlled substance.

Police say Milton took a taxi cab to the bank, walked in an handed the teller a note demanding money and then left in the same cab.


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Jacksonville Police have identified a suspect in the robbery of the Marine Federal Credit Union on Richlands Highway Wednesday after someone saw the surveillance photo of the robber on WITN News and called police.

Police say 27-year-old Rodney Milton of Philadelphia is wanted for the robbery just before noon Wednesay on charges of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and one count of Felony Possession of Stolen Goods. Milton is also known to reside locally in the Three Bridges Estates area.

The subject is considered armed and dangerous.

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Police now have released surveillance pictures of a bank robbery in Jacksonville today.

Just before noon police say a man arrived in a taxi to the Marine Federal Credit Union on Richlands Highway. He waited in line to speak to a teller and then passed a note demanding cash.

Police say the man then left in the taxi.

To view the surveillance photos, click on the PHOTOS tab at the top of the story.

The robber is described as a black man with short hair, 5'6" to 5'7" tall, weighing between 140 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a black or brown hat with an unknown insignia on the side, a brown or green military style field jacket, a black tee shirt, dark jeans and tennis shoes with white soles.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Jacksonville police at 910-938-6405 or Crimestoppers at 910-938-3273.


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  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:23 AM
    130,000 bond??????? It takes only 10 percent of that to get him out ---- I thought bank robbery was mandatory 7 yrs..... who needs to exercise a bond? Dag....... this USA is messed up.
  • by Marty Location: Jax on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM
    They used the tools at hand. Media being one of the tools. They got it out quickly. They acted on tips. The chicken is in the coop. Under 24 hours. That ain't bad. What would you like for them to do?
  • by The mills brothers on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM
    "CAB DRIVER" cab driver once more round the block. dub-dub-dub-duby do.
  • by here Location: here on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:45 AM
    "I, I really thought I was gonna get away with it." stupid criminals
  • by can't resist Location: Pirate territoty on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    Maybe the ladies in Pitt County can come down here and learn how to catch a chicken thief in an expedient manner.
  • by Mark on Feb 9, 2012 at 03:43 AM
    Good job JPD? What did they do? It was a citizen who identified him.
  • by Marty Location: Jax on Feb 8, 2012 at 09:29 PM
    Good work JPD. Thanks. To all of you that are whining about not being able to carry a weapon into a bank. Get over it. Not only is it your right to carry. But it's their right to deny entry to their business. Further it's your right to not trade there. I'm a gun owning vet who respects the rights that vets have protected since forever of others to allow or disallow weapons into their astablisment. Also if your too lazy to lock it in your car for the time it takes to do your business, use the drive through.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 06:36 AM in reply to Marty
      A case of PTSD, perhaps?
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        by ex cop on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM in reply to
        A case of avoiding complacency in order to insure survival.
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      by JusticeForAll on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:14 PM in reply to Marty
      If a bank decided that it wouldn't allow it's customers to wear religious jewelry in the bank, would you object to people being forced to leave their necklaces with religious symbols in their car as well? A RIGHT is a RIGHT. What part of "Shall NOT be infringed" do you not understand?...
  • by Newsworthy on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:01 PM
    @Marty...couldn't have been that this story broke during my lunch (heard it on the radio) and I checked back on my smartphone during a break when I posted my comment could it?? Bet your employees just love their boss, especially given the snide remarks about "my own TV", etc. Sure glad I'm not subjected to your typical "time is money" work environment & how dare someone have a conscious thought or concern about anything OTHER than work while they're working atmosphere. DO enjoy every penny of your tax return knowing how your employees must feel. Just saying...
  • by Wondering Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:16 PM
    I noticed the blue background + real close picture = he is either on probation or has been. That is always a dead giveaway.
  • by Come to think of it... on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:59 PM
    A friend of mine was "hastled" by one of the local bank employees because he entered the bank with sun glasses on. The lady was, in my opinion, just doing her job and thinking security. My freind did as he was asked. But the a few minutes later another guy walked in wearing a some kind of rag on his head under his ball cap, and looking like he hip hopped on a T.V. straight into the bank. No one asked him to remove anything...I guess they were afraid he'd rob the joint. Come to think of it, he looked a lot like this clown.
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      by JusticeForAll on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:37 PM in reply to Come to think of it...
      I have been hassled for wearing "sunglasses", but my prescription glasses are "photograys". I actually had to "persuade" a manager once with the suggestion of a lawsuit under ADA because he insisted that I remove my glasses. The mention of bringing a lawyer into the situation changed his tone really quick.
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