Suspect identified in Whiteville bank robbery

Whiteville bank robbed, suspect in custody

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - At least one person is in custody after a bank was robbed in Whiteville Friday afternoon.

Major Alan May, spokesperson for the Whiteville Police Department, said the robbery happened at the First Bank on North JK Powell Boulevard around 3:15 p.m.

A woman, identified as 28-year-old Victoria Neal, was taken into custody outside of the bank shortly after the incident, May said, thanks to a detailed suspect description provided by bank employees.

Investigators say Neal was in the process of leaving the bank with a bag of money.

Two officers saw Neal in the parking lot, apprehended her and recovered the cash.

No staff or customers in the bank were hurt during the robbery.

Charges are pending for a similar style robbery in Loris, South Carolina.

Neal was taken to the Columbus County Detention Center and charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

She’s being held on a $250,000 bond.

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