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"Train bank" on Dickson Street robbed this morning

Posted: May 6, 2011 at 9:21 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.

Fayetteville police crime scene investigator John Brooks, left, and Corporal Robert Hargus discuss a robbery at the Bank of Fayetteville on Dickson St. Friday, May 6, 2011. This is the second time this year the bank, known as the train bank, has been robbed.

— Fayetteville police are searching the area around Dickson Street and West Avenue after a man walked into the Bank of Fayetteville "train bank" there and robbed it this morning.

The robbery was reported around 8:50 a.m. today by a bank employee. The call sparked a rapid response from police, who remain in the area looking for the robber. The bank is at 542 W. Dickson.

At 9:30 a.m., the bank released a statement saying no employees or customers were injured during the robbery. The statement said the bank would be closed until further notice.

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Fayetteville police released this bank photo of a man believed to be the robber of the Bank of Fayetteville "train bank" on F...

By 10:30 a.m., police had released a small photo from inside the train bank showing a man wearing a dark knit cap, a dark pullover and blue jeans. He was stuffing something under the shirt. The agency said in a statement that the man was white, in his 20s or early 30s, around 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a stocky build. He wore eye glasses, a black and gray plaid long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and possibly a dark colored scull cap. The man was last seen leaving the bank on foot westbound. Nobody reported seeing a weapon and police have not disclosed how much cash was taken.

It's the second time this year that the Bank of Fayetteville branch has been robbed. In January, a man walked into the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. Police arrested a Louisiana man at a west Fayetteville hotel about five hours after that robbery.

A bank spokesman in January said the branch, which is housed in stationary railroad passenger cars, had never been robbed before.

Any persons with information about this robbery are encouraged to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 479-587-3555.

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You would think that they'd upgrade their surveillance camera quality after being robbed twice in one year.

Posted by: spinsister1

May 6, 2011 at 12:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )