Girlfriend: Man robbed Granite Falls bank 'to pay bills'

Girlfriend: Man robbed Granite Falls bank 'to pay bills'
Dewey Lee Gentry Jr. (Source: Granite Falls Police Department)
Dewey Lee Gentry Jr. (Source: Granite Falls Police Department)

GRANITE FALLS, NC (WBTV) - Granite Falls police charged a man Wednesday with common law robbery in connection with a robbery at First Citizens Bank that happened on October 3.

Dewey Gentry Jr, 32, turned himself in to authorities and was quickly taken to the magistrate's office to be charged. Police said Gentry became a suspect a few days after the robbery when residents recognized him from the surveillance photos taken during the crime.

Captain T.J. Bates said the robber never showed or hinted that he had a weapon, and only asked the teller to fill a backpack with cash, which she did.

Bates said Gentry has been cooperating with authorities from the beginning.

"He admitted that he did it and acted alone," the captain said.

Gentry's live-in girlfriend said she did not know about the robbery until after the fact. She did not want to be identified, but told WBTV that the reason for the theft was that Gentry has serious medical issues, cannot work, and bills were piling up unpaid.

"Our power was turned off and our gas," she said, adding, "We didn't have nothing and had to borrow water from a neighbor to flush the toilets."

Gentry does not have a serious criminal record, said police. The girlfriend said she was shocked when she found out what happened at the bank.

"He's just not like this," she said.

Gentry was given a custody release but will have to appear in court Thursday to ask for a court-appointed attorney. Meanwhile, police investigators are still trying to track down the money that was stolen.

Gentry told them he used it to pay bills. Police will work to find out where it went.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Clint Ferguson at 828-396-3358, or email

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