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UPDATE: Police Say No Connection In Thursday Bank Robberies

Lawmen say they don't suspect any connection between a credit union robbery in Kenansville Thursday afternoon, and a bank robbery in Rocky Mount about an hour later.

Authorities say the Piedmont Advantage Credit Union in Kenansville was robbed around 1:00 p.m. A captain with the Kenansville Police Department says he was just a few doors down in an unmarked car. He responded as soon as the call came in, but the gunman had already run from the bank.

Police say there's a $5,000 reward being offered in the case.

Captain Ryan Strickland says the man walked in, displayed a handgun and demanded money. He got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Chief Rusty Merritt says they are still looking for a suspect. He says he doesn't think his suspect was involved in the Rocky Mount robbery in which two men entered the First South Bank on Sunset Avenue, and one showed the teller a note demanding money. No weapon was seen in that robbery.

The Kenansville credit union is in the Liberty Square Shopping Center off Highway 50. Sheriff Blake Wallace says his department is assisting Kenansville police which is handling the investigation. The FBI is also on scene investigating.

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Police say the gunman was a black man, 5'3' to 5'5" tall, weighing 160 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket with a hood and a black hat. It appears the robber had what appeared to be a band aid across his nose and a bandage on the left side of his face.


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