First Posted: 1/15/2009
LUMBERTON -- The Lumbee Guaranty Bank branch on Fayetteville Road was robbed Monday morning for the second time in the last three months. It was the third Lumberton bank robbery in as many months, and no one has been arrested in any of the cases.
Lumberton Police Chief Robert Grice said a masked man entered Lumbee Guaranty about 10:15 Monday morning and pulled a handgun on a teller. The man fled out the back door with money that was handed to him and ran into nearby woods, Grice said.
No bank employees or customers were harmed, Senior Vice President John Armstrong said. He said the bank didn't reopen Monday but did resume its normal operating hours today. Bank officials would not disclose how much money was taken.
“We're definitely working on further issues of security at the branch for the protection of our employees and customers,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong said the man was caught on the bank's video cameras, but Grice isn't confident the videotapes will help much because the man was disguised.
“We don't have a whole lot to go on,” Grice said. “He was in the bank a short period of time.”
The man is described as black, about 5 foot, 7 inches tall, and about 180 pounds. He was dressed in dark clothing and wore a white cloth wrapped around his head and face. The cloth had eye holes.
Lumbee Guaranty was robbed May 17 and the First South Bank on North Elm Street was robbed June 4.
The manner in which the bank was robbed and the description of the robber are similar to that of the previous Lumbee Guaranty Bank robbery, but not the First South Bank robbery, Grice said. He said all three robberies are still under investigation and that officers are working out some leads.
Community Bankers Association of North Carolina is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the robbery. Anyone with any information can call toll-free (800) 209-2293 or the Lumberton Area Crime Stoppers at 738-1133.