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Myers Park bank robbery begins with Craigslist ad

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A bank robbery in Myers Park all began with an advertisement on Craigslist. 

Car thieves located a Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale with the owner out of town. They stole the vehicle.

The next morning, that Jeep was spotted by a little girl on Cherokee Road in the Myers Park neighborhood.

She later told police she noticed two men driving the Jeep slowly, looking out of place. She also noticed a dark car with one man wearing a "do-rag" on his head following the Jeep.

Shortly after 10:00AM, that Jeep was spotted on a surveillance camera, just a few blocks away, parking at the NC Bank and Trust on Providence Road.

Two well-disguised men then burst through the door of the bank and ordered everyone to put their hands up.

One man was wearing a white coat, a hat, a mask with gloves and holding a handgun. He went from teller to teller station, looking for cash.

The other, with a green mask, dark jacket, white pants and white gloves, was holding a satchel with what appeared to be the long barrel of a rifle sticking out.

They seemed to have had inside knowledge of the bank's layout.

"They knew where the safes and the vault were-- they knew where everything was," said Detective Marty Cuthbertson.

Almost two minutes into the robbery, a customer walked in. She was immediately ordered to get down on the floor. But she had a bad leg and moved slowly. The man in the green mask then shoved her to the floor and roughed her up.

"She didn't get hurt," the detective said, "she didn't sustain any injuries, but she's an elderly lady and was highly upset because of that."

While the bad guys weren't looking, an alert bank employee slipped a surprise into the bag of money taken from the vault.

"They did drop a dye pack inside that money, inside that bag where they were putting money, so that money should have dye all over it."

After leaving the bank, they ditched the stolen Jeep back on Cherokee Road, near where the little girl had spotted them earlier.

If you find some odd colored cash or traveler's checks, be sure to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 and you could earn a sizeable reward.

And don't forget you can download the new Crime Stoppers app for your smart phone. You can get it free on our website, wbtv.com/crimestoppers.

 

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