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One suspect in custody, another at large after robbery and bomb hoax at Burlington bank

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Police in Burlington have arrested one suspect and are still on the lookout for another after a bank robbery last week in which a counterfeit “bomb” was used to make an unsanctioned withdrawal from an area branch of Select Bank.

The city’s police department issued a news release on Wednesday that identified the alleged bank robber as 61-year-old Jimmy Nathaniel Brown of Yanceyville and his suspected getaway driver as another Yanceyville resident – 36-year-old Kristian Baldwin.

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           ARRESTED:

Kristian Baldwin

      STILL AT LARGE:

Jimmy Nathaniel Brown
Surveillance footage from the Monday, July 24 robbery and bomb threat at Select Bank, 166 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington.

According to the police department, Baldwin was taken into custody on Friday for her alleged role in the robbery while Brown was still in the wind as of Wednesday afternoon.

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The police department ultimately identified both of these suspects thanks to surveillance footage recorded at a branch of Select Bank on Huffman Mill Road when it was robbed on the morning of Monday, July 24.

According to the police department, Brown perpetrated the actual robbery using a bag that he told one of the bank tellers contained an explosive device. Brown ultimately left the satchel behind when he exited the bank and got into a car whose driver was later identified as Baldwin. In the meantime, the police department called in a bomb squad from Greensboro to examine the bag – only to learn that it didn’t contain any weapons, explosive or otherwise.

Since their alleged mischief in Burlington, Brown and Baldwin have also been implicated in an earlier bank robbery that occurred in Danville, Virginia on July 20. It was consequently something of an interstate victory when members of Burlington’s police force caught up with Baldwin on Friday with the assistance of the FBI, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the office of Caswell County’s sheriff.

According to Burlington’s police department, Baldwin has since been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and has been confined to Alamance County’s jail under a $100,000 bond.

Meanwhile, members of Burlington’s force raided Brown’s home in Yanceyville on Tuesday but were unable to locate the alleged bank robber himself. The city’s police department is asking the public for any information about Brown’s whereabouts.

Anyone with information relevant to this case is encouraged to contact the city’s police department at 336-229-3500 or call Crime Stoppers at 336-229-7100 to leave an anonymous tip.

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