POLICE: Robber Nabbed 4 Minutes After Bank Held Up

Police say a robber didn't get far after they say he held up a Duplin County bank Thursday morning.

Wallace police says four minutes after the robbery call at First Bank, they had Todd Griffin in custody.

The 44-year-old man from Person County is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second degree kidnapping.

Police say the robber came into the bank on North Norwood Street around 10:15 a.m. and handed a note to the teller saying he had a gun. After getting an undisclosed amount of money, the robber ran, but police say he left the money in the bank's parking lot after the dye pack went off.

Lawmen say they got information on the robber's direction and after a brief chase they stopped his vehicle just inside Pender County.

Police say Griffin admitted to robbing the bank and is now in jail on a $500,000 bond.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    guess he is happier in jail
  • by MIKE Location: Hamilton on Mar 19, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    You can look @ him & tell he flunked bank robbery 101.
  • by Snidlee Location: Kinston on Mar 19, 2011 at 02:46 AM
    What a dope.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2011 at 03:24 PM in reply to Snidlee
      I agree. Doesn't he know to rob the folks that have already left the bank??? Geez!!!
  • by Anon on Mar 19, 2011 at 02:14 AM
    Darwin Award Of The Year Winner!
  • by clint on Mar 18, 2011 at 04:41 PM
    Well sir, whatever your problems were I'm sure they look small in light the ones you have now.
  • by Mom Location: NC on Mar 18, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    Duplin Dublin - whatever.
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      by jeff on Mar 19, 2011 at 05:35 AM in reply to Mom
      We shouldn't think that way! A fine example we teach when we excuse mistakes like Duplin/Dublin. Duplin is a county in NC and Dublin is a small town in (I think)Bladen County. We dont allow for mistakes like that on Geography test or math test for that matter. AS a "mom" is 2 2=4 or is 2 2= to whatever mistake we choose at the time.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Mar 18, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    It's Dublin if it is the day after St Patricks Day and you got a "green beer" hangover.
  • by Russ Location: Hendrson on Mar 18, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    In Greenville, the crooks just walk away.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Mar 18, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    to OBX, just a correction . it is DUPLIN not DUBLIN. it was Wallace Police dept that caught with the help of DUPLIN and NCSHP. thanks
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      by Mustang on Mar 18, 2011 at 02:44 PM in reply to anon
      OBX must have still had St. Patty's day on his mind!
  • by Greenville Location: Citizen on Mar 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    Greenville PD, take note, this is how it's done.
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