Man charged in bank robbery


First Posted: 1/15/2009

LUMBERTON — Police say a tip has led to the arrest of a Robeson County man who robbed a BB&T bank branch last month.
George William Blackwell, 53, of 675 Shand Drive, Pembroke, is also charged with two armed robberies of convenience stores, according to police Sgt. Howard Reaves, and is wanted in connection with the robbery of an RBC Centura bank branch in Hope Mills.
Reaves said that Blackwell and an accomplice in one of the armed robberies, Bruce Miller, 44, of 747 Strickland Heights, Pembroke, were both arrested on Friday at the Howard Johnson motel on Interstate 95. Reaves said some money was recovered, but it’s unclear from which robbery the money came from. Each of the men has been placed under a $450,000 bond.
The arrests came after someone called the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and provided information.
On Oct. 9, a man entered the BB&T branch and handed a teller a note demanding money. The man never displayed a weapon. Reaves said police are investigating the possibility that Blackwell had an accomplice in that bank robbery. The robbery was captured by a surveillance camera.
Blackwell and Miller are accused of robbing Tobacco House No. 3 at 2301 Lackey St. on Wednesday.
According to a police report, a man entered the store at about 11:20 p.m., bought a drink and then left. The report said the man, now armed with a silver handgun, returned to the store with an accomplice and demanded money from the clerk. The man stole $900 from a cash drawer and he and the accomplice left the store. The clerk, who had grabbed a weapon, chased them out the store and someone fired a shot from a Mustang at the clerk. The clerk returned fire, striking the vehicle.
Blackwell is also accused of robbing the Sun-Do BP at 3565 Roberts Ave. on Oct. 13. According to a police report, a man entered the store, grabbed a hat off a rack, and then pulled a handgun on two store employees. After forcing them to open the cash register, the man grabbed money from the register, fled the business and left in a red Ford Mustang.

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