Uptown Charlotte is an unlikely spot for a bank robbery

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Uptown Charlotte is an unlikely spot for a bank robbery.

There are lots of people around-- especially at 11:30 AM-- and there are plenty of surveillance cameras both inside and outside the bank.

Yet, those facts didn't deter a man from walking into the 5th/3rd Bank, two blocks off the square, on South Tryon, during a busy weekday just before lunch, writing a note and handing it to the teller.

In it, he demanded money from the teller's drawer be placed in his bag and not to hit the alarm button.

"No gun shown at all," said Detective Marty Cuthbertson, "he did not display a weapon, he just indicated he had one."

The teller complied and handed over nearly $1,500 in cash.

"He had a little beard, a nicely groomed black male with dark skin. He had a hat on and appeared to be about 5' 6" in height, maybe 200 pounds. A very clean cut kind of guy and out of the ordinary."

The bank robber was calm throughout the ordeal even though other customers were in the bank at the time.

Police say they were given a name as a possible lead, but haven't been able to find that person yet.

If you'd like to help police catch him, call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 and you could earn a reward.

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