Serial bank robber strikes 4th time

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and the FBI each announced rewards Friday night for information that leads to the arrest of a serial bank robber.

Friday afternoon the suspect robbed the BB&T Bank on Sardis Road North. Later that day police told Eyewitness News they believe the same man is connected to three other robberies since June.

People in Southeast Charlotte told Eyewitness News they were alarmed by the news.

"It's pretty scary, especially if he's coming in plain clothes," said Amber Alston.

Police said the serial robber held up the same Suntrust Bank on Galleria Boulevard twice. Monday, the FBI sent Eyewitness News surveillance pictures of a man who robbed the BB&T Bank on West Arbors Drive. When Eyewitness News saw that picture, we recognized the same man from the Suntrust Bank robbery.

We emailed the FBI to ask if there was a link. At first, agents were not sure, but Friday they confirmed it was the same person.

The suspect seems to get a little more daring and shows his face a little more in each picture.

"No hiding, no shame," said Schyle West who lives near Sardis Road North.

Since all the robberies were in the same part of town, we asked police if he was local. They said they couldn't tell just yet.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. CMPD announced a $1,000 reward Friday. If you have any information, call FBI Charlotte at 704-672-6100 or the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.