TABOR CITY, N.C. (WECT) – The suspect in Tuesday morning’s Tabor City bank robbery has been arrested.
Deputies arrested Arthur Reid Jennings at a home on Green Sea Road in Tabor City on Tuesday evening. The incident happened at the First Bank on East Fifth Street just after 9 a.m.
According to an incident report released by Tabor City police, an officer, upon arrival, spoke with the bank’s manager who informed them that a short male, wearing a black hoodie turned inside out and wearing black pants, came into the bank and presented a note to the teller. The note said, “Sorry this is a robbery If you called the police I will shoot.”
The suspect then left out the rear of the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
With the help of the bank’s surveillance video and eyewitnesses that came forward, Tabor City police were able to identify Jennings as the suspect before obtaining a warrant for his arrest. Later that night, deputies with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office detained Jennings at a home on Green Sea Road in Tabor City.
When searching the residence, law enforcement located the money taken from the bank along with a handgun, according to the report.
Jennings was arrested and transported the the police department where he admitted that he committed the robbery at First Bank. Jennings also stated that his first target was Cres Com Bank, but that there were too many people inside so he went to First Bank.
Jennings was transported to the Columbus county jail and was given a $50,000 secured bond. More charges are pending, police say.
If you have any information regarding this case, contact Tabor City PD Captain Hilburn at 910-918-4799.
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