Pamlico Bank Robbery Suspects Indicted By Feds

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Two men who were arrested for robbing an Oriental bank last month have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

David King and Thomas Cuthbertson, both of New Bern, are accused of holding up the First Citizens Bank on December 2nd. The feds say the duo made off with $33,707.90.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury in Greenville indicted the men with armed bank robbery, aiding and abetting, and use or carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

If convicted of the federal crimes, the two face up to 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release on the bank robbery charges, and between seven years and life on the firearm charge.

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Two suspects in a Pamlico County bank robbery are each behind bars on a million dollars bond.

District Attorney Scott Thomas says David King and Thomas Cuthbertson Junior had their first court appearance Friday on charges that they robbed the First Citizens Bank in Oriental on December, second.

Thomas says their bonds were increased from $50,000 and $100,000 due to violent prior criminal records, the risk that they would flee the state if they were to be released, and the fact that they are alleged to be part of a multi-state crime spree involving at least one other bank robbery.

Their next court date is January 31st.

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Pamlico County deputies said the two men they connected to a bank robbery earlier this month are now both in jail and due in court later this week.

Deputies said they were called to the First Citizens Bank on Broad Street in Oriental around 4 p.m. December 2nd when the pair pictured in this story robbed the bank at gunpoint.

The men wore dark colored clothing as they walked into the branch with guns drawn, demanding cash from employees according to investigators.

Deputies said the duo took off on foot with more than $30,000 in cash.

Just after midnight on December 8th, deputies said 23-year-old Thomas Cuthbertson Jr. of New Bern was arrested in Craven County. Four days later, deputies said 23-year-old David King of New Bern was arrested in Nash County. Both arrests were initially on unrelated charges, according to officials.

Both New Bern men are facing a robbery with a dangerous weapon charge. Deputies said both men are set to appear in the Pamlico County Court on Friday for their first appearances.