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.

To view the surveillance pictures, click the PHOTOS tab at the top of the story

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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  • by V on Dec 25, 2010 at 02:35 AM
    This idiot looks like a Rottweiler
  • by ENC LEO on Dec 24, 2010 at 11:24 AM
    It is possible that the robber had a distinguishing mark on his face, tattoo or piercing that would identify him. HMMMMMM!!!!!
  • by PACU Member on Dec 23, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    It is very sad that people do this kind of thing especially at this time of year. However the most important thing is that no one was hurt. Those ladies that work there are great people and I'm very thankful that God was looking after them today.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 at 05:15 PM
    Yeah, their fair share of not working and free loading. Get a job...
  • by gail Location: roper on Dec 23, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    Thanks bev! Merry Christmas to some......
  • by Wazzup? Location: Ayden on Dec 23, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    It's the most wonderful time of the year. They are just trying to get their fair share.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    bank in rock mount just got robbed

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