According to officials, two people went into the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. (Source: WPD)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Officers with the Wilmington Police Department have arrested three in connection to the PNC Bank robbery Thursday morning.
Robert Houston Ward, Brandice Charles Ward, and Warnie Dean Jones were all charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Although no weapon was shown during the robbery, they threatened to use one.
Captain Jeff Allsbrook with the Wilmington Police Department praises the community for helping to bring these criminals to justice. "The department received approximately 12 calls after surveillance photos were released to the public,"Allsbrook said. "This case serves as an example of how effective we can be with the help of the community. This case was solved in twenty four hours."
Police units were called to PNC Bank on South 17th Street just before 11:00 a.m.
According to officials, two people went into the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.
The teller gave the suspects an undisclosed amount of cash and they ran away heading north along the businesses on S. 17th Street.
Police said witnesses in the area reported seeing the men run to a newer model Toyota in the parking lot of Doctors Vision Center, which was last seen driving north on S. 17th Street.
According to authorities, one of the men had a thin build and was approximately 6'2" tall, wearing a t-shirt, shorts, baseball cap and sunglasses. They say he had a light beard and bandage wrapped around the right arm.
Officials said the second man had a medium build and was about 5' tall. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt over a collared shirt, jeans, and knit hat. He also had light facial hair.