Police say Swansboro man went on crime spree, robbing two banks and two stores in ten days

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) - Authorities say a Swansboro man went on a crime spree, robbing two banks and two dollar stores over a ten-day period.

Christopher Shingleton, 42, is now charged with the June 13th robbery at the First Citizens Bank in Jacksonville. Morehead City police have also charged the man with the June 6th holdup of the First Bank.

Greenville police say Shingleton is also charged with Saturday night's robbery at the Family Dollar on East 10th Street.

Shingleton was arrested Sunday morning by Havelock police after they say he robbed the Family Dollar on Main Street on Saturday.

The man has a criminal record that dates back to 2012. He's had multiple convictions for felony B&E and larceny of firearms, Shingleton was last in prison in 2015.


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Morehead City Police are currently getting a warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon for a suspect in a bank robbery currently in jail on other charges.

Christopher Shingleton, 42-years-old of Swansboro, is currently being held in the Craven County Detention Center for a separate robbery in Havelock at the Family Dollar on June 15th.

Morehead City Police plan to charge him in the June 6th robbery of First Bank.

Morehead City police say there are other departments that are getting warrants for crimes in their respective jurisdictions as well.

One of those other areas that had a recent bank robbery includes Jacksonville where the First Citizens Bank on Western Boulevard was held up June 13th.

These charges are a result of the consolidated effort of investigation between Morehead City Police Department, Jacksonville Police Department, Havelock Police Department, the Craven County Sheriff's Office, the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, Greenville Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation.


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Police in one Eastern Carolina town have released photos of a bank robber.

A man robbed the First Bank on Highway 24 in Morehead City around 3:20 p.m. Thursday.

The man is described as a tall, thin, white man, with a pronounced chin and some facial hair.

Investigators are looking for an SUV that was possibly used in the robbery. The white Mazda CX-5 was last seen leaving the bank and turned east on Highway 24. The vehicle then turned west on Highway 70.

Anyone with information on the robbery should call police at 252-726-3131/ext. 108.


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Police are reaching out to the community regarding a bank robbery Thursday.

Morehead City Police are investigating the bank robbery that happened at the First Bank at the corner of Highway 24 and Hodges Street around 3:22 p.m.

Investigators are asking to speak with people who were by the bank or near Blair Street of the Mitchell Village Community between 2:45 and 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

They'd also like to talk to anyone who may have seen someone run from the bank between 3:20 and 3:25 p.m.

Police are working to release some photos of the suspect and a possible car of interest in the neighborhood at the time of the robbery. We'll post those as soon as we get them.


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Authorities in one Eastern Carolina town are investigating a bank robbery this afternoon.

Morehead City police confirm that the First Bank on Highway 24 was robbed by a man.

Police say it happened around 3:20 p.m. and that the robber is described as a thin white man, 6 foot to 6' 2", and wearing a long brown wig.

The sheriff's office has brought in a K-9 to help track the robber.

Investigators are asking if you see anything suspicious in the Mitchell Village area to call 911.