Bank robber arrested after writing demand on his paycheck: North Carolina cops



The man “attempted to write the name on the front of the check,” police said. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


A man is in custody after requesting money from banks via notes written on the back of his pay stubs, North Carolina police said.

The man first drove to the Lumbee Guaranty Bank drive-thru in Fairmont on Nov. 1 around 11 a.m., according to a press release from the Fairmont Police Department.

The man slipped the bank teller a note asking for money at the drive-thru, but left before he received any money, the cashier told police in the statement. Surveillance footage showed the man driving a gray Toyota with a North Carolina license plate.

When investigators reviewed the note, they found it was written on the back of a pay stub with the recipient’s name still visible on the check, according to the statement.

“The suspect had attempted to write the name on the front of the check, but the name was clearly legible,” police said in the statement.

Officers searched the pay stub for the name and found the man had an outstanding warrant for motor vehicle theft – the same type of car and license plate the man was seen in driving through the bank’s drive-thru, according to the statement.

But apparently that wasn’t the man’s only stop, police said. Officers say the man had robbed another bank in Fayetteville using the same method of writing a note on the back of his paycheck.

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers spotted a vehicle matching the description in Rowland and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle drove off toward Fairmont and the man was arrested, the statement said.

The man faces a charge of attempted common law robbery in the attempted robbery at Fairmont and charges are pending in connection with the other robbery, police said.

Fairmont is about 50 miles south of Fayetteville.

Alison Cutler is a national real-time reporter for the Southeast at McClatchy. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and previously worked for The News Leader in Staunton, VA, an affiliate of USAToday.

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